In addition, there are health and wellbeing benefits connected with wooden workspaces. People perform better and are more productive and healthier in wooden buildings. Recent studies1 indicate that natural design in the workplace can increase the health and wellbeing of employees by 13% and their productivity by 8%. Sustainability and wellbeing are also key reasons behind Stora Enso’s decision to move its head office to a new wooden building.
“Increasingly, employers and building owners are looking for office buildings that fulfil their sustainability standards and reflect the value they place on their employees’ and occupants’ health and wellbeing. Our new head office in Helsinki, Finland, will be designed using our office concept and will showcase a world-class modern wooden building,” says Jari Suominen, executive vice-president of Stora Enso’s Wood Products division.
The office concept is part of Building Concepts by Stora Enso and follows the first concept for residential multi-storey buildings, launched in 2016.
The live webcast for the digital launch of Building Concepts by Stora Enso for offices is open to everyone and takes place on 19 November at 15:00 EET. Registration: storaenso.com.
KNOW Andrew, PARRY-HUSBANDS Howard, Workplaces: Wellness + Wood = Productivity, Pollinate, Forests and Wood Products Australia, February 2018