Heather Benjamin
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Occupant health and well-being is fast becoming a top motivator in green building.

USGBC recently announced the results of research by Dodge Data and Analytics, with which USGBC has partnered, in the World Green Building Trends 2018 SmartMarket Report. The survey broke down the many ways in which green building continues to grow in the marketplace, as well as its extensive business benefits.

One of the survey questions offered a list of 10 benefits of green building, and asked participants to rank them in importance. A new option in this year's study was "improved occupant health and well-being," which rose right away to the second-highest choice. Selected by 58 percent of respondents as the most important benefit, occupant health and wellness is fast becoming a major driver of green building.

A partial view of the rankings is below:

In addition, occupant health and well-being ranked number one among the top social reasons for building green (77 percent of respondents). The study showed that Brazil, China, India, South Africa and the United States ranked health particularly high as a priority.

Rating systems such as LEED can help improve human health through green building with achievement of indoor environmental quality credits or through design for green spaces and walkable communities with LEED for Neighborhood Development. There's even a human experience performance category in LEED for Cities.

The Built for Health podcast that USGBC shared in 2018 helped raise awareness of how intertwined are green buildings and communities with human health and wellness.

View the full report for more details