The built environment affects our physical, mental and social well-being. Here renowned professionals from practice and academia explore the evidence from basic research as well as case studies to test this belief. They show that many elements in the built environment contribute to establishing a milieu which helps people to be healthier and have the energy to concentrate while being free to be creative. The health and well-being agenda pervades society in many different ways but we spend much of our lives in buildings, so they have an important role to play within this total picture. This demands us to embrace change and think beyond the conventional wisdom while retaining our respect for it. Creating the Productive Workplace shows how we need to balance the needs of people and the ever-increasing enabling technologies but also to take advantage of the healing powers of Nature and let them be part of environmental design. This book aims to lead to more human-centred ways of designing the built environment with deeper meaning and achieve healthier and more creative, as well as more productive places to work.

part I|108 pages

Health, well–being and productivity landscape

chapter 2|16 pages

The business case for sustainable healthy buildings

Health, productivity and economic consequences

chapter 5|12 pages

User-centred workspace design

Applications of environmental psychology to space for work

chapter 6|14 pages

Change makers

Rethinking the productive workplace through an art and design lens

part II|150 pages

Research evidence

chapter 9|13 pages

Workplace productivity

Fatigue and satisfaction

chapter 13|30 pages

The Robert L. Preger Intelligent WorkplaceTM

The Living Laboratory at Carnegie Mellon University

chapter 15|18 pages

Measuring the IEQ contribution to productivity and well-being

The importance of the built environment indoor environment quality on economic productivity and the contributing factors which lead to improved performance

part III|133 pages

Experiential evidence from surveys and building case studies

chapter 16|12 pages

A visual language of the workplace

New planning principles for modularized work

chapter 18|15 pages


A tool for investment

chapter 19|16 pages

Productivity in buildings

The killer variables: twenty years on

chapter 20|8 pages

Enjoy Work

A case study on Chiswick Park

chapter 22|14 pages

Achieving holistic sustainability

Considering wellness alongside resource use in buildings

chapter 24|24 pages

Building performance

The value management approach

part IV|26 pages

Future horizons

chapter 25|5 pages

Stranger than we can imagine

The future of work and place in the twenty-first century

chapter 27|10 pages

Future landscapes

chapter 28|2 pages