The quality of air within an office can have a significant impact on worker health, and in turn productivity.
There are various health implications associated with poor indoor air quality including respiratory problems, infections and irritants. Research carried out by the World Green Building Council in 2003 recorded a 11% increase in productivity as a result of increased fresh air to the workstation and a reduction in pollutants, with the optimum ventilation rate of between 20 and 30 litres per second (higher than the minimum standard of 8-10 litres per second).
Studies suggest that using mixed mode ventilation of both natural and mechanical ventilation could be the best solution to improve air quality while maintaining HVAC energy savings. Other design features that can improve indoor air quality include, increasing floor to ceiling heights and using low and no-VOC (volatile organic compounds) materials and furnishings.
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