Greetings like-minded nature advocates,

This month we are sharing with you the results from the 2021 survey of global building owners and real estate investors who manage $5.75 Trillion (US dollars) of global real estate assets.

This survey indicates that 87% of those surveyed have experienced a demand for healthier buildings over the past 12 – 24 months, perhaps not surprising given the global COVID pandemic, and that 89% of them have plans to enhance their company’s health and wellness strategies.

They report receiving a 4.4 to 7% increase in the rent rate per sq ft for their healthy buildings. This is an ROI statistic that everyone having conversations with building specifiers should keep handy and share. The source to cite is the Health and Real Estate Survey Results, Center for Active Design, 2021.

61% of the respondents are or will be using healthy building certification systems. The most favored certification programs are, in order of their use, GRESB, LEED, ENERGY STAR, Fitwel, and the WELL Building Standard. Biophilic design, including indoor nature, is a component of most of these certification programs.

Download the survey from the Center for Active Design and you will receive an invitation to a free webinar discussion of the survey results on May 25.

Thanks to our Supporters, we’ve also curated a copy of the survey here on Want to download the infographic? You’ll find it here.

And you can download an infographic with the survey highlights here.

The survey results are good news for all of us who spend over 90% of our time indoors, and especially for those of us working in the space where the wellness community intersects with the building community.

#StayPlanted and Be Well,

Mary Golden

Advocacy Incubator