A Greener, More Healthful Place to Work

Levels of the stress hormone cortisol tend to be higher in enclosed spaces like office cubicles that are artificially lit and deprived of outside views. Poor ventilation — which is common in many older office buildings — raises the levels of carbon dioxide, which studies have shown can impair cognitive performance and dampen mood.

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Architecture with our biology in mind pays off in fewer sick days and better work performance, says Richard Cook, a co-founder of CookFox.

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Eric Laignel

Design that ignores the natural requirements of the human body is to blame, says Judith Heerwagen, an environmental psychologist who has studied workplaces and their impact around the United…

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