Refereed Journal Article
Project:Active Building Design Research
Authors:Dr Robyn Creagh, Professor Sarah McGann, Professor Marian Tye, Assoc. Prof. Jonine Jancey, Dr Courtney Babb
This paper reports on research investigating the relationship between physical activity and workplace design. In particular, the paper explores the social-ecological context of a new workplace building. This paper seeks to understand why better physical activity outcomes for the staff were not observed in the new building despite: influence from a staff wellness committee during design, achieving well against existing best-practice indicators, and staff reporting increased feelings of wellness, energy and satisfaction with the new building. Three design aspects are taken as a focus from within an opportunistic pre/post physical activity study of an organisation as they move from a building they occupied for 30 years into a new purpose-designed building. This study was conducted through mixed methods, incorporating ethnographic, architectural and quantitative means. The social, spatial and personal context is important to understanding participant workplace-based physical activity. Despite the health and wellbeing goals and 5 Star Green Star outcomes of the new building, participants were sedentary for a substantive part of their workday in both buildings. A well-designed environment can support staff feeling healthier but the 5 Star Green Star rating does not implicitly ensure a healthier, activity-promoting environment. Facilities Managers and designers can act to provide physically active paths as the most straightforward circulation option in workplaces.
How to cite:
Creagh, R., S. McGann, M. Tye, J. Jancey, C. Babb. 2017. “Greenstar may not be an Activity Star: Findings of a Pre-Post Building Activity Study.” Facilities 35 (1): 81-98. doi:10.1108/F-12-2015-0092.