The Building Isn’t Green Until the Plants Arrive
Interior Plants Offer a Solid Return on Investment
Proven to Deliver Bottom-Line & Environmental Benefits
According to recent findings from internationally renowned scientists out of Australia, the United States and Europe, an adequate installation of interior plants can deliver significant bottom-line benefits while bringing many "green" qualities to the workplace. In their efforts to maximize sustainability and improve indoor environmental quality, building and facility management professionals can no longer afford to ignore the physical and psychological benefits of interior plants.
"Green" = Productive!
In a study conducted by Dr. Virginia Lohr of Washington State University, subject reaction times to a computer program were 12 percent faster when plants were present. Blood pressure readings taken during the same study showed that visual exposure to a plant-enriched setting could produce significant recovery from stress within five minutes.
Depending on the size of a company's labor force, an increase in productivity of this measure could translate into millions in final revenue earnings.
The Value of Workplace Satisfaction
European case studies and academic research reveal that plants produce positive emotions and improve focus in office environments. In these studies, subjects exhibited a more upbeat, creative state of mind when plants were present.
Humans are proven to be the most valuable and expensive assets of any business. In terms of cost per square foot, the human asset is 10 times the energy cost. When a business takes steps to keep their human assets happy, the business wins.
Findings indicate that an adequate installation of interior plants in a modern, sealed office structure could save US companies $258 billion via contributions to improved indoor air quality alone.
In a two-year study of an office, Professor Tove Fjeld of the Agricultural University in Oslo, Norway, noted the following reduction in ailments after the introduction of plants:
Sore/dry throats 30
Dry facial skin 25
Cheaper to maintain than silk plants, live interior plants are now absolute necessities in today's energy efficient buildings. To learn more about the "green" qualities of interior plants, give Plantmasters a call today.