Businesses have long realized that the
physical environment directly affects an employee's ability and desire to work. Now,
businesses are realizing that interior plants are a natural and vital part of a productive
workplace environment. The majority of Fortune 500 companies have landscaped their office
interiors boosting morale, building employee
contentment and promoting productivity.
CLEANSE THE AIR
AND COMBAT SICK BUILDING SYNDROME
The problem is large and
growing. Contemporary buildings are sealed tightly to increase HVAC efficiency. Inside
those sealed environments man-made articles such as paints, plastics, insulation, plywood,
carpets, synthetic fabrics and detergents emit up to 300 harmful pollutants. However,
leafy green help is available. NASA-funded studies directed by Dr. B. C. Wolverton, a
20 year veteran in horticultural research, proved that plants commonly used in interior
plantscaping cleanse the air of many harmful pollutants such as formaldehyde, benzyne and
trichloroethylene. Material distributed by the Plants For Clean Air Council (PCAC),
demonstrates that plants remove pollutants in varying quantities depending upon the
species. The PCAC recommends one potted plant for each 100 square feet of floor space.
HELP KEEP HUMIDITY
WITHIN A HEALTHY RANGE
When the air is too dry, people are
susceptible to colds and flu. When the humidity is too high, people can develop other
ailments. Through their natural processes of transpiration and evaporation, office plants
add moisture to the dry overheated air often found in sealed office environments. At the
same time, studies show that plants do not add moisture in significant amounts when
the air is already moist. A study conducted at Washington State University,
suggests that plants help regulate humidity. When plants were added to an office
environment, the relative humidity stabilized within the recommended
healthy range of 30 to 60%.
Our thanks to TOPsiders,
Inc. for the above article.
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA.