|Authors: ||R.A. Wood, R.L. Orwell, J. Tarran, F. Torpy, M. Burchett|
|Keywords: ||indoor air pollution, human health, volatile organic compounds, green plants|
This paper selectively reviews scientific research on the positive effects on building occupant's health, well-being and productivity that result from the presence of indoor plants in the workplace.
Case studies show improvement in indoor air quality, (with a reduction in the levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), improved productivity by up to 12%, and reduced absenteeism and staff turnover cost.
Indoor air pollution is a health hazard, which causes diseases, lost work days and reduced quality of life.
Unhealthy indoor air has been estimated to cost the Australian community $12 billion dollars a year, and is a generally unrecognized significant environmental issue.
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