Several green building experts say the design of a building itself can contribute to boosting employees' moods, increasing productivity and aiding in employee retention.
"Green building is good business,''Rick Fedrizzi, founding chairman and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council told a recent Las Vegas conference sponsored by United Technologies Corp.'s Climate, Controls & Security division, which includes Carrier in Farmington.
"Green building certifications attract tenants, employees, even students and help to keep them... People want to work in green buildings, and comfortable, happy workers are more productive workers," Fedrizzi said.
In addition to creating happy workers, green buildings result in life-cycle savings of 20 percent of the construction costs, Fedrizzi said. He and others say there is a direct correlation between increased productivity and employees who love being in their work space.
"People feel good when they feel connected to nature," said architect Robert F. Fox Jr., a leader in the green building movement and an advisor to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.