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The Convenience of BreathingRead More

We seem to have entered an era where the new generation cares more about whether the hotel they stay in or flat they rent has fast and accessible or even free Wi-Fi available to them, than a good view and clean air to breathe. MORE ...

 

IPSA – Playing Their PartRead More

The Interior Plantscapers Association (IPSA) was founded in 1982 and encourages interior plantscapers to develop ideas and network in an attempt to establish standards as well as produce a general code of ethics for its members. Since 1982, membership has increased from 6 to 16 companies. MORE ...

 

Turn Brick Walls into Green WallsRead More

Everybody knows about them and everybody has seen them, albeit maybe only in pictures and it wouldn’t surprise us to see them become a standard feature in indoor buildings, for very good reason. The benefits of green walls are proving to be extensive and gone are the days when they made a lot of noise or caused concern about longevity. MORE ...

 

Green Impressions Will LastRead More

The saying goes: “first impressions last”, for more reasons than you may first think. The first impression you offer is one that will last in the minds of your clients, but it may also be the first and last time you have the opportunity to offer an impression. MORE ...

 

Go Green to Keep 'em KeenRead More

As a business owner, HR manager, or anyone responsible for ensuring the smooth operations within the proverbial four walls of any corporation, no matter the size; keeping your staff happy and healthy has to rank pretty high on the agenda. MORE ...

 

Indoor Plants can Help you Keep your CoolRead More

One would presume that keeping costs within the budget and meeting client expectations are already enough of a challenge for office design teams. This is not where it ends unfortunately. There are many other challenges, one of which is the important relationship between temperature and humidity. MORE ...

 

Remove Perspiration and Encourage Inspiration at WorkRead More

The modern architect is faced with a seemingly insurmountable number of multi-facetted challenges when designing buildings. In addition to the overall design, the mechanical or technical efficiency of a building needs to meet many important environmental and occupational requirements, the critical relationship between temperature and humidity being one of these. MORE ...

 

Indoor Plants Cool Things Down at WorkRead More

The United States Occupational and Health Safety Association (OSHA) make reference to the potential harmful effects of mechanical ventilation systems in large buildings. OSHA warns us that modern energy conservation measures have encouraged us to minimise the infiltration of outside air. This has had a negative effect on the health and safety levels in modern buildings. MORE ...

 

Workplace health starts with a good designRead More

The traditional architectural considerations such as efficient space utilisation and the creation a highly productive environment need to be expanded upon by the modern designer. Additional considerations should include the efficient use of consumable natural resources; the health of occupants and other green building factors. MORE ...

 

Include Clean Air into your DesignRead More

In his book Biophilia (1984), respected biologist - author and Pulitzer Prize winner for non-fiction, Edward Wilson, introduced us to the term Biophilia. He defines this as “the urge to affiliate with other forms of life.” Wilson, a professor of entomology, suggests that there is a natural bond between man and nature. MORE ...

 

Indoor Plants are an Integral Part of a Green BuildingRead More

Paying lip service to saving the environment is no longer an option. Between legislative and moral obligations, the modern designer is required to factor in all the important environmental aspects of the green building movement from the foundation upward. MORE ...

 

Removing indoor plants from the budget could be a serious mistakeRead More

The inclusion of indoor plants into a modern interior design is no longer just an attractive luxury. Considering their proven ability to improve the efficiency within a working environment, it would be a strategic error if these were the first to go when executives are faced with budget restrictions. MORE ...

 

Cutting indoor plants from a budget is unlikely to save moneyRead More

With many organisations having to cope with new operational challenges, management teams are under increasing pressure to improve income streams and to reduce expenditure. Cutting indoor plants from the budget may look like an easy solution when balancing the numbers - tread cautiously however. MORE ...

 

Reduce your operating costs by spending more on indoor plantsRead More

Considering the amount of evidence which supports the ability of indoor plants to improve productivity and reduce absenteeism in a working environment, it has become critically important to ensure that provision is made for these when preparing the annual budget. MORE ...

 

Doctors recommend indoor plants for a healthier environment Read More

The importance of the health and welfare of the human resource element of any business cannot be ignored. With risk management being an important consideration for any management team, we’d do well to heed the words of the medical profession. MORE ...

 

Office design can benefit from lessons learned in our hospitalsRead More

Considering the emphasis that is placed on risk management in the business environment, it would be potentially dangerous to ignore the evidence which proves that indoor plants help create a healthy work environment. MORE ...

 

The medical fraternity says yes to the inclusion of indoor plants Read More

The medical fraternity has come out in support of the growing mass of scientific evidence that identifies indoor plants as a solution to the polluted atmosphere within a modern office environment – ignoring this would be counterproductive to the performance of any organisation. MORE ...

 

Productivity in the workplace ... can plants really help?Read More

Every CEO or office manager is tasked with developing the much clichéd ‘high performance organisation’. Somewhere, somehow, this has become a performance measurement indicator or KPI (key performance indicator) for every senior manager and it probably sits somewhere toward the top of page one of their formal performance appraisal documents. MORE ...

 

Let nature help you increase air quality, productivity and staff healthRead More

Dr Stephen Kaplan, of the University of Michigan and co-author of ‘The Experience of Nature: A Psychological Perspective’ (1989) says that “many people have an intuitive sense that contact with nature is beneficial.” Kaplan states that stress is a bodily reaction to harm or threatened harm. MORE ...

 

A high performing office environment requires its own green beltRead More

A typical performance driven organisation focuses firstly on the selection, development and retention of the right people. One of the next steps would be to create an efficient and productive environment which enables them to optimise their abilities. MORE ...

 

Indoor plants are essential to ensuring quality air in an officeRead More

Indoor plants have the proven ability to filter the air and thereby reduce the presence of potentially dangerous volatile organic compounds or VOC’s. The need to include indoor plants as an integral feature in the design of the modern sealed work environment is no longer an option. MORE ...

 

Indoor plants: A prerequisite when creating a healthy office environmentRead More

The primary cause of many acute and chronic illnesses in the workplace has been directly attributed to the existence of uncontrolled air pollutants. Skin, eye and upper respiratory tract irritation often result from the presence of volatile organic compounds or VOC's. MORE ...

 

The need for indoor plants is no longer under debateRead More

The need to get clean air into a modern office environment is no longer a matter of debate. After an extensive study undertaken by Dr B. C. Wolverton of NASA, he stated that the ability of indoor plants to improve the air that we breathe is now a scientific fact. MORE ...