A great place to work

10 Sep 2012

Woodhead's new offices improve efficiency in the workplace

Fujitsu's new Woodhead designed workplace has not only contributed to the development of sustainable office design but also provides a corporate benchmark for the design of Fujitsu's future global workplace.

Woodhead's process of research, collaboration and innovation with the intent of achieving world's best practice for Workplace design has contributed exponentially to our understanding of the use of suitable materials & finishes.

"We have found a great place for our people to work. This new work environment will inspire and enhance collaboration among our staff, driving our distinct culture in years to come," Mr Mike Inge, Fujitsu General Manager - Southern Region.

Three years of data show that green really does deliver.

The fresh, spacious and naturally lit atmosphere was credited with helping lower staff absenteeism by 42 per cent. Electricity consumption over three years from 2008-09 to 2010-11 fell by 18.6 per cent, while in the first half of 2011-12, it had decreased by 42.5 per cent compared with the same period in 2008-09.

From 2008-09 to 2010-11, water use fell by 10.7 per cent, and in 2010, 63 per cent of waste was recycled compared to 58 per cent in 2009 and 2011.

Fujitsu has a green wall of plants, designed to be both visually appealing and to improve the workplace's indoor environment quality.  Recent studies resulting from the introduction of plants in the workplace show: 37 per cent fall in tension/anxiety, 58 per cent in depression/dejection, 44 per cent in anger/hostility, 38 per cent in fatigue, and 30 per cent in confusion.

The next movement in green for Fujitsu was bio-filtration, ''getting plants working in a way they are purifying the air... the combination of the plants, the soil and the lighting that makes the real difference''.

Acoustic panels integrated into the walls provide a calming ambient noise level despite the large number of people there. ''It's a good example of integrating Green Star principles - getting the acoustics and lighting right.''

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