Offices

A green, sustainable and healthy office environment for a happy workforce

Businesses and organisations are searching for a healthier working environment, with plants and the presence of nature in our offices. This more often means adding more plants, using more sustainable materials or considering environmentally-considerate options in break-out and communal areas.

Having more greenery and natural elements in the workplace not only looks attractive, it contributes to a healthy environment and has a positive effect on the general well-being of the employees.

 

COVID19Maintain safe distances in the office with greenery

A safe working environment has never been more important than it is now. How do you ensure safe space and distance in the office? The LiveDivider is increasingly being used as both a partition between desks and spaces to create social distancing in a sustainable and healthy way.

With social distancing it is important that employees can work and move at least 2 metres apart.

A quick way to ensure this two metre distance is to place LiveDividers between workstations. LiveDivider is a healthy, natural room divider. The room divider is used to divide an open space without losing the open feel of the space. With its metal frame and sturdy fixed base, the LiveDivider adds a splash of naturally beautiful greenery. The frame is filled with six interchangeable plant cassettes on either side.

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The LiveDivider can also be used as a route marker or to help screen in meeting rooms, canteens, auditoriums or other public meeting areas within the building to create safe distances between employees. Read more about the LiveDivider.

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A healthy office

The air quality in buildings is often poor, as many people co-exist in a relatively small space. Poor air quality is added to by volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from printers, copiers or carpets in offices. In addition, climate and ventilation systems are often not cleaned regularly or properly.

Indoor air quality is important for healthy offices. Plants can be used in buildings to help clean the air. Their air-purifying properties lead to a cleaner air and healthy working environment and reduces the prevalence of health complaints such as headache, fatigue, sore or dry throat, eye irritation, coughing and dry skin.

More green, less stress

The feelings of stress and pressures are higher than ever in the workplace. According to research by TNO (The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research), the percentage of people with work-related burnout has risen from 11% to 16% in the past ten years. Stress and an inability to concentrate in the workplace are often given as a reason. Placing planted walls or living artwork in the workspace is a sustainable way of achieving this. Plants have been proven to reduce stress and increase productivity.

Higher productivity

Greenery has a positive effect on attracting employees. Where plants are present in an office space, productivity is 15% higher than in those without plants. Plants help increase turnover and reduce absenteeism. Employees take, on average, 1.6 days less off sick when they have plants in their office than those without.

 

‘‘20% OF ALL DISEASES CONTRACTED AT WORK ARE ATTRIBUTABLE TO POOR AIR QUALITY AT THE OFFICE.’’ - RIVM

Space-saving greenery in the office

The use of large planters in offices is often hampered by a lack of office space and the need to maximise its cost-effectiveness. A smart solution to this problem is vertical greenery. Mobilane's innovative and sustainable green systems take up little space, contribute to sustainable and healthy buildings and achieve certifications such as BREAAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method), LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), WELL (monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and well-being) and the SDGs (Sustainable Developments Goal) of a company.

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Biophilic Design

Biophilic design is an approach to architecture that connects the user of a building more closely with nature. Since we spend an average of 90% of our time indoors, it is imperative to bring natural elements in and create environments that refer to nature in both clear and subtle ways. The most obvious and visual principle of Biophilic Design is the application of greenery in an indoor space.

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