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Builders to be Healthier, Happier & More Productive in Australia’s First Green High Performance Site Office

Australia’s first ‘green’ construction site office was created by Brookfield Multiplex at their Wetherill Park site in partnership with the 202020 Vision to make their staff healthier, happier and more productive.

The first collaboration of the 202020 Vision’s Nursery, the project is a ‘plug and play’ evidence based Plant Plan including a best practice DIY ‘how-to’ guide for any site office or demountable shed to implement, and is planned to be rolled out across all Brookfield Multiplex construction sites. The Plant Plan is evidence based, developed and recommended by experts in the field to positively influence human health, wellbeing and productivity.

The Plant Plan was developed by the University of Western Sydney and 202020 Vision Advocate, Associate Professor Tonya Gray. Improvements in the health and wellbeing of site workers will be monitored by Australia’s first standardised post occupancy evaluation system for offices, the Building Occupant Survey System Australia (BOSSA). The study aims to build evidence of the impact of sustainable office buildings on occupant health, comfort and productivity.

Lauren Haas, Australian Sustainability Manager, Brookfield Multiplex and 202020 Vision advocate said, “Incorporating green space into our site offices is part of our broader plan to create high performance workspaces. International research shows developing green space within office environments not only significantly boosts the health and wellbeing of staff, but also increases productivity. Through introducing a Plant Plan, we envisage seeing the same or better improvements in our own staff that is integral to delivering high performance buildings for our clients as well as being an employer of choice. It’s not about spending money on pretty plants, it’s about spending money on academically proven tools which drive improvements in employee and team performance.’

“Through making small changes to employees working environments, we know we are greatly contributing to a range of benefits and also the greater 202020 Vision goal of achieving 20% more urban green space by 2020,” said Haas.

Pre and post occupancy tests are being conducted on the Brookfield Multiplex site team. This includes the team undergoing the BOSSA Occupants Survey System, rigorous IEQ testing of the site office and performance measurement. The site will also be assessed under an Innovation Challenge by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).

Brookfield Multiplex hosted a working bee on Saturday morning, 8 March, with site staff volunteering their time and building expertise to build movable plant trolley walls, wall crates, planter boxes, bucket hanging baskets and milk crate herb gardens using up-cycled materials, such as wooden transport pallets and milk cartons.

“The brief was to develop a low cost, highly effective, low maintenance and modular plant solution to ‘get our site offices growing’ that could be easily replicated at other sites,” continued Haas.

Upon completion of the Wetherill Park site office research 202020 Vision will release a ‘how-to’ guide to encourage other like-minded businesses to emulate Brookfield Multiplex and green their working environments to improve employee health, wellbeing and productivity.

The National Gardening Industry Australia (NGIA) supplied the plants used at Brookfield Multiplex’s Wetherill Park site office.

The 202020 Vision is a growing collaboration of over 24 advocates who are leaders within their fields. To date 115 partner organisations have committed to the vision and there are currently 90 projects throughout Australia that exemplify the aspirations and goals of the initiative. For more information visit: 202020 Vision

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