FAQ & Research Benefits

Plants at work ... that WORK! Real green with real green benefits.

Research Facts:

According to recent findings from internationally renowned scientists from Australia, the United States and Europe, an adequate installation of interior plants can deliver significant bottom-line benefits while bringing many "green" qualities to the workplace.

Building and facility management professionals are recognizing the physical and psychological benefits of interior plants and incorporating them into building designs.

Did you know that research confirms that buildings are often 10x more polluted than the air outside, and, that 40% of all sick days are interior air quality (IAQ) related. The research verifies that interior plants are proven to inspire worker productivity and increase workplace satisfaction.

Reduce sick-building symptoms:

In a two-year study of an office, Professor Tove Fjeld of the Agricultural University of Oslo, Norway noted the following reduction in ailments after the introduction of plants:

Ailment Reduction
Fatigue 20%
Headache 45%
Sore/dry throats 30%
Coughs 40%
Dry facial skin 25%

 In another study conducted by Dr. Virginia Lohr of Washington State University, reaction times to a computer program were 12% faster when plants were present. Blood pressure readings taken during the same study showed that visual exposure to plant settings could produce significant recovery from stress within five minutes.

European case studies and academic research reveal that plants produce positive emotions and improve focus in office environments. In these studies subjects exhibited a more upbeat, creative state of mind when plants were present.

People are the most valuable and expensive assets of any business. In terms of cost per square foot, the human asset is 10 times the building operating costs and nearly 100 times the energy costs. Findings indicate that an adequate installation of interior plants in a modern sealed office structure could save U.S. companies $258 billion via contributions to improved indoor air quality alone.

In various studies, plants have been shown to reduce absenteeism by 14%. Researchers William J. Fisk and Arthur H. Rosenfeld of the Lawrence and Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California found that $58 billion could be saved annually by preventing sick-building illnesses. They also found that $200 billion could be saved in worker performance improvements by creating offices with cleaner indoor air.

Plants can increase your bottom line!

The Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee enjoys occupancy rates of over 85% each year. This is well above the national average of 68%. (Trends). According to a scientific case study performed by Michael Evans, former Associate Professor of the Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management at the VA Polytechnic Institute, the hotel's high occupancy rate is due to the largest investment in indoor gardens in the country.

Currently, there are 12 acres of indoor space with approximately 18,000 indoor plants. The rooms overlooking the gardens are the first to be reserved and command a premium price of at least $50 over rooms that do not offer garden views.

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