15 Jun 2017

This article is a qualitative review of literature on ‘Cultural Ecosystem Services’ (CES) - The less tangible benefits obtained from ecosystems. It identifies key characteristics of CES, challenges to CES research, and lessons for the future of urban green space research.

Journal article
24 Sep 2018

Cities in the Urban Transitions Alliance are moving away from their industrial energy-intensive heritage and setting ambitious energy efficiency targets. A broad range of projects and programs have spearheaded sustainability efforts, reduced energy-related carbon emissions and led to utility cost savings for residents at the local level.

Blog post
03 Jul 2019

This guide has been developed to help speed a transition to sustainable urban development in two key environmental domains related to resource consumption and greenhouse gas emissions for Australia’s cities.

Guide
01 Oct 2018

The business case for High Performance Buildings (HPBs) traditionally cites energy savings and increased asset value as the most appealing incentives. But another – and arguably greater – form of enhanced value creation that comes through HPBs is rarely discussed: HPBs benefit the people who occupy them, which in turn produces significant positive impacts on a company’s bottom line.

Report
26 Oct 2017

These slides illustrate the impact of energy efficiency improvements on the energy system, health and well-being, participant benefits and the overall economy.

Presentation
15 Feb 2015

This report demonstrates that well-designed primary schools boost children’s academic performance in reading, writing and maths. It includes practical advice for designers and teachers.

Report
01 Jan 2018

The provision of publicly accessible parks and green spaces is a policy issue at multiple levels of central and local government, devolved national administrations and local authorities. Parks and green spaces are typically free at the point of access and this access is usually unregulated; spaces where people can move, breathe, play and run.

Report
01 May 2018

Shaping urbanization for children, a handbook on child-responsive urban planning, presents concepts, evidence and technical strategies to bring children to the foreground of urban planning. By focusing on children, this publication provides guidance on the central role that urban planning should play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Guide
23 Nov 2018

The impact of building renovation on health, well-being and productivity could improve the lives of more than 200 million Europeans. This set of publications, developed by BPIE and commissioned by Buildings 2030, takes an important step towards defining, measuring, quantifying and monetising the impact of indoor environmental quality in schools, hospitals and offices. The findings reveal a major business opportunity to invest in people-centric renovation of existing buildings.

18 Feb 2016

The WorldGBC has demonstrated that low carbon, resource efficient and environmentally sensitive buildings can enhance the health, wellbeing and productivity of building users. That is a very strong element of the business case for green buildings.
The report forms one of the first major outputs from WorldGBC’s Better Places for People campaign, designed to fast-track the demand for and supply of buildings which support and enhance the health, wellbeing and productivity of the people within them. Fundamentally therefore, this is about action.

Report
08 Dec 2016

Employers, building owners, designers, developers, and investors throughout the world are learning, in response to an increasing body of evidence, that office design affects the health and wellbeing of occupants in many ways and so it is a smart business move to create green buildings that are healthy.
Staff are the most valuable resource in most organisations, typically accounting for 90% of business operating costs, so even a 1% improvement in productivity can have a major impact on the bottom line and competitiveness of any business.

Report