Can Green Buildings Make Us Smarter?

Green is good -- outside or inside an occupied building.

A recent study published by Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) suggests that Green Buildings create optimized conditions for health and productivity. In a series of experiments, indoor environmental quality (IEQ) factors for both “green” and “conventional” buildings were simulated in a controlled environment that included office workers, and the researchers measured variables such as carbon dioxide variation, ventilation and exposure to volatile organic compounds in the building atmosphere.

The results? On average, cognitive scores for the two groups of workers were 61% higher for those working in a building with green features than with conventional construction.  In other words, green building can potentially deliver a smarter workforce.


The challenges of building restoration

Applying some stucco on your aging walls today is huge step in restoring their look, but can also be the difference of whether you'll continue maintaining it or have to do outright repairs.

Taking care of a building requires a great deal of foresight and initiative. Applying some stucco on your aging walls today is huge step in restoring their look, but can also be the difference in whether you’ll continue maintaining it or have to do outright repairs. Choosing to invest this way means you are consolidating the shape of your build today and saving money tomorrow.

Most news about building progress tends to happen when the projects are either newly-unveiled, finished renovations or they’re just in a state of disrepair. For that reason, there isn’t always a spotlight focused on successful restoration projects, where an issue was fixed before it led to a costly complication. Here are some recent restoration projects where builders benefitted from Sto’s reStore process.