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What Can Buildings Do For You?

Urban Expeditions explores the connection between buildings and well-being

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It might be surprising to learn that buildings can affect your sleep, thinking and more. In today's sustainability spotlight, National Geographic Urban Expeditions highlights the health benefits of green building design. The article features the COGfx studies, as well as how architects are bringing the outdoors in through biophilic and active design.

 

About The COGfx Studies

New studies from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Center for Public Health and the Global Environment, SUNY Upstate Medical University and Syracuse University found that improved indoor environmental quality doubled occupants’ cognitive function (COGfx) test scores.

In COGfx study 1, the research team found participants’ cognitive performance scores averaged 101 percent higher in green buildings with advanced ventilation compared to those in conventional buildings.

In COGfx study 2, employees in high-performing, green-certified buildings had 26 percent higher cognitive function test scores than those in similarly high-performing buildings that were not green certified, even after controlling for other potential explanatory factors.

Primary support for the COGfx studies came from United Technologies and UTC Climate, Controls & Security.

Urban Expeditions is a multiyear project spotlighting the rise of cities and innovative, sustainable solutions for managing urban growth. The initiative was made possible by a grant from United Technologies Corporation to the National Geographic Society.