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Why You Should Care

What if indoor air quality could improve decision-making? New studies from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Center for Health and the Global Environment, SUNY Upstate Medical University and Syracuse University has found that improved indoor environmental quality doubled occupants’ cognitive function test scores. Additionally, occupants in high-performing, green-certified buildings had higher cognitive function scores than occupants in similarly high-performing, non-certified buildings.

Now, consider the fact that most of us spend about 90 percent of our time indoors and 90 percent of the costs associated with a building are due to the people inside it – and you can see why focusing on the air you breathe could turn your building into your business’ strongest human resource tool.

The Impact of Green Buildings on Cognitive Function studies, also known as The COGfx studies, fill key knowledge gaps in this important area, linking indoor environment with decision-making test scores. As it turns out, intelligence really is in the air.

Why Are We Ignoring The 90%?

We Spend 90% of our time indoors1

10% Outdoors1

Total Building Costs

10%Operating Costs

Just 10% of a building’s operating costs are attributed to ENERGY, MAINTENANCE and MORTGAGE/RENT, among others.3

90%Salaries & Benefits

90% of the costs associated with a building come from the people inside the building – SALARIES AND BENEFITS.2