Benefits of good design not given enough attention: Closing the Loop

Partners of the CRC for Low Carbon Living’s Closing the Loop Project spoke about the knowledge gap at workshops held in conjunction with this year’s Green Cities conference.

Head of knowledge and sustainability at HASSELL Brett Pollard said people aren’t taking advantage of the benefits of good design, despite the evidence and research available.

“Ultimately if you construct a building that does not take advantage of the evidence, organisations and businesses are missing out on the opportunity to create workplaces that are healthier and more
effective,” he said.

Design can impact financial, environmental and human factors in a business, according to research by Professor Vivian Loftness of Carnegie Mellon University, who spoke at the conference. According to Lauren Haas, Australasia Sustainability Manager for Brookfield Multiplex, poor design can also have a negative impact.

“For business, a low performance building can mean disengaged employees with low performance, higher levels of absenteeism and many thousands of dollars wasted per year in lost productivity,” she says.

“If office workers, students or patients in hospitals are more informed about what can be achieved through high performance buildings they can help drive demand for these buildings.”