11 Oct '16, 8am

Green roofs: the mental and physical health benefits in the work place

The thermal benefits that green roofs provide may also have indirect benefits for people living or working within the building. This has not been researched, but anecdotal evidence from Germany in the late 1990s is of interest. In a survey of staff absence through sickness at the Bundepost offices in Stuttgart, staff in one building demonstrated significantly lower absences than those in others. The only change in the 4-year period that could be identified was that one of the buildings was given a green roof. This building supported lower staff sickness levels. It is possible that the green roof reduced the fluctuation of daily mean temperatures within the upper levels of the building, and/or the vegetation helped cool and moisturise in-going air near ventilation ducts.

Full article: http://livingroofs.org/health/

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