Healthy shops with clean air ‘bring in more profit’ says leading Green Building Council

A new report from the World Green Building Council says that retailers can improve the shopping experience for customers and potentially increase their profits by providing greener, healthier stores.clean air in shops

Retailers can improve the shopping experience for their customers and potentially increase their profits by providing greener, healthier stores, with clean air for shoppers according to a major report from the World Green Building Council. The World Green Building Council is a non-profit organisation and a coalition of national Green Building Councils.

The report, Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Retail: The Impact of Green Buildings on People and Profit, says that although there is a surge in interest in health and wellbeing in the property sector, most retailers are currently missing a key opportunity to better understand how the physical retail environment can affect staff and customers – including the retail experience – and therefore the impact on overall business performance.

This is despite emerging evidence which shows that greener, healthier retail stores – those which typically have good levels of daylight, fresh air and greenery – are becoming more attractive to consumers and potentially more profitable for retailers.

Terri Wills, CEO of the WorldGBC, said:

“The days of ‘grey box retailers’ are numbered. A new breed of businesses is emerging which understands that better shopping environments lead to better experiences for consumers which, in turn, lead to better economics for retailers. This report is about empowering retailers to look within their own properties to understand and monetise how better, more sustainable physical environments can potentially drive profit, and in doing so, ultimately strengthens the business case for greener, healthier buildings.”

The report was led by the UK Green Building Council and forms one of the first major outputs of WorldGBC’s global campaign Better Places for People, designed to increase the number of green buildings which support people’s health, wellbeing and productivity.

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Better Places for People is sponsored by ARUP, B+H Architects, the International WELL Building Institute, Land Securities, Lend Lease, Marks and Spencer, Saint-Gobain, Skanska, and Uponor.

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At Camfil we believe that clean air is a human right. We believe it is vital to increase public awareness of air pollution and put Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) on the political agenda. clean air act


As many as 80,000 people in the UK are dying each year, due to poor air quality. Many more are affected by air pollution are suffering serious health consequences. Sign this petition to ask the government to take action and commit to an updated Clean Air Act, and ensure the UK public are breathing safe, clean air.

Air pollution causes more premature deaths in the UK than obesity, alcoholism and road traffic accidents combined. The transport industry is failing to act responsibly, and it’s time for regulations to be put in place to ensure pollution levels are lowered. Local councils need support from central government to make real changes. A new Clean Air Act could lower pollution levels through nation-wide implementation of tariffs, penalties, common standards and low emission zones.

Despite the extent of this growing problem, it remains overlooked. Sign and let the government know that we expect them to take action to make our country’s air safely breathable for everyone.

At Camfil, we believe it is vital to increase public awareness of air pollution and put Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) on the political agenda. For this reason we have invested in an IAQ Road Show, a unique 13-metre-long travelling exhibition with lab stations that show you what you are actually breathing at your place of residence or work.

This rolling exhibition also tells you how you can keep polluted city air from penetrating indoor spaces. You can learn about the filters you need to accomplish this and how effective air filtration improves human health and has important economic and environmental benefits.

Today, air pollution is a global problem that varies from location to location. However, since air pollution is believed to have negative effects on human health on a long-term basis, there is a tendency to put off the problem until the future. This is unfortunate, considering that air pollution is estimated to kill approximately 2 million* people each year.

Our vision is just as clear as the air we filter: clean air is a human right. This is why we urge you to see our IAQ Road Show when we visit London in June 2016. Until then, we recommend that you continue your virtual visit. You will definitely find it worthwhile.

*Source: World Health Organisation (WHO)

The Camfil Roadshow will be in London in June 2016.

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Air pollution limits for 2016 have already been breached in London

Air pollution limits for the whole year have been breached in London. Air pollution on Putney High Street was last week (January 8th) recorded as having breached EU legal limits for the whole of 2016 in little more than a week, with other roads in London also expected to record similar pollution breaches this week.

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According to the UK’s air quality and emissions news and information site Putney High Street monitoring site has recorded its 19th hour breaching the limits in the morning’s rush hour. European Union limits demand that maximum hourly nitrogen dioxide concentrations are not exceeded for more than 18 hours a year.

The busy shopping road become the first in London to record air pollution limit breaches in 2016, although Oxford Street is also thought to have breached limits and the likes of Knightsbridge, Brixton Road and Marylebone Road are expected to follow suit. Air quality monitors on Putney High Street recorded the 19th breach of the EU hourly 200ugm3 (microgrammes per cubic metre) limit for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) during today’s morning rush hour, the London Air Quality Network confirmed.

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Under EU and UK law, individual air quality monitors are permitted only 18 breaches of the 200ugm3 hourly limit during an entire calendar year.

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