Did you know that we spend nearly 90% of our time indoors? So why not make our familiar hangouts more comfortable to stay in? After all, our wellbeing and productivity are affected by the conditions of the buildings within which we live, learn, work and play.
For example, installing more windows and light reflecting ceiling panels in an office is beneficial to employees, as research suggests that exposure to natural light during the day can result in an extra 46 minutes of sleep at night (World Green Building Council, 2016). This contributes to improved mental health, and allows us to work more efficiently and live life feeling more vibrant.
The chirping of birds or revving of cars outside while you’re trying to focus on a task can be a truly maddening distraction. Studies have shown that children miss 25% of the words spoken by their teachers as a consequence of a noisy classroom (Acoustic society, 2018). Remedying this issue would therefore likely help facilitate their learning process. Schools have also seen an improvement in maths and reading scores when ventilation has been increased.
Additionally, reducing the amount of indoor pollutants can enhance indoor air quality and produce less health issues, thus lowering the number of days away from school and raising the wellbeing and concentration of students (World Green Building Council, 2017).