STUDY SHOWS IMPACT OF OFFICE INDOOR AIR QUALITY ON BRAIN / COGNITIVE PERFORMANCE
The inner environment in which we work daily for several years plays a critical role in our health and wellbeing . In fact, we spend about 90% of our time “enclosed” within four walls, and indoors can influence, depending on the conditions that positively or negatively affect the health of its users.
In fact indoor air quality , as well as the high energy-environmental standards of buildings, healthy and in balance with nature are some the pillars of our housing wellbeing and which Habitat Healthy® advocates in its projects to improve the health and well-being of its users.
A study by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Healt h – Center for Health and the Global Environment “, by “ Suny Upstate Medical University ” and“ Syracuse University ”concluded that people who work in well-ventilated offices with low levels of indoor pollutants – volatile organic compounds – and carbon dioxide perform better on cognitive performance. crucial areas of business operation (crisis response, task orientation, development of a new strategy, etc.) in relation to people who work in more traditional offices most often exposed to the aforementioned contaminants .
This study was conducted on 24 people in a controlled environment ( Laboratory at the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems in Syracuse in New York ) and took place over six working days spread over a two week period. The sample was subjected to representative conditions of conventionally constructed office buildings and office buildings of sustainable construction and improved ventilation.
As noted earlier, the results of the study showed that people who work in sustainably constructed buildings show 61% more cognitive performance than people who work in traditionally constructed buildings .