A new survey sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) of 1,000 office workers found that employees in LEED-certified green buildings report higher levels of job satisfaction than workers in conventional buildings.

Additionally, 79% of employees surveyed stated that they would choose a job in a LEED-certified building over a non-LEED building.

The results, announced last week by the USGBC, show that not only do green buildings benefit the environment and bottom line, but also bolster a more competitive workforce for companies looking to gain an edge in talent.

“We discovered that today’s employees are more motivated than ever to work for a company that promotes not just a higher standard of living for its employees, but also of its community,” said USGBC president and CEO Mahesh Ramanujam. “In today’s highly competitive job market, if companies want to attract and retain highly-skilled, talented employees, they must demonstrate a commitment to environmental, human and economic sustainability.”

Employees in the survey overwhelming indicated that natural light and air quality affected their physical health, comfort, and overall workplace happiness. 84% of those surveyed said they prefer to work for a company with a strong mission and positive values—something that can also be reflected by the environmental status of their office building.

“With so many companies competing for talent, designing sustainable spaces that support human wellbeing just makes sense,” says Brian Tolman, a LEED-AP certified architect and Convene’s SVP of Design and Construction. “It’s no longer an option to do anything but build sustainable spaces. It’s the right thing to do, plain and simple.”

There are now more than 94,000 LEED projects worldwide, making it the most widely used green building rating system in the world.

 

Green buildings improve worker productivity

Infographic courtesy of USGBC