It's long been recognised that the capital cost of a building, can be significantly smaller that the building running costs and still smaller, than the overall cost of employing a member of staff, when considering salary, national and pension contributions.
I was quoted a ratio of 1:10:100, by staff working for a large national contractor, when working on a PFI bid for a local authority project, some years ago. This was comparing construction cost; running costs (maintenance and energy and water consumption); and staff costs, over the 25 year PFI contract period.
The article demonstrates the benefits of spending on good quality buildings, to increase staff satisfaction and productivity.
As a Building Services Engineer, it is interesting to see that four out of the six important variables that improve occupant health are engineering aspects of building e.g. lighting, ventilation/air quality, thermal comfort and noise and acoustics. It demonstrates the important role engineers have in creating productive, healthy workplaces fit for the 21st Century.
'Healthy' buildings boost productivity, Atkins study says 24 July 2017 | By Hamish Champ UK output could rise by the equivalent of £20bn, report reveals UK productivity could rise by 8% – equivalent to an extra £20 billion in GDP – if workplaces are created using what researchers call “human-centred design” (HCD).