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Indoor / Office Plant Hire
27
Jul

Biophilic Design in the Workplace

As humans, we are hardwired with instinctual behaviour. This allows us to appreciate the beauty of nature. There is a Biophilia hypothesis that describes the idea that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life. It also describes the “passionate love of life and of all that is...
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15
Jun

The Benefits of Indoor Plants in Classrooms & Schools

Having indoor plants in schools is an ideal way make students and their families feel welcome. Adding some live greenery is nature’s way of saying you belong here. Indoor plants can be used to enhance school staff rooms, school lobbies and school offices. Indoor plants have many benefits and some research about the benefits of plants...
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Cons of Real Plant Hire
28
Mar

Improving Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)

Professional indoor plant hire is highly effective in improving Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ). A study performed by UTS explains how plants contribute to over 75% of the criteria for IEQ. We spend more than 90% of our time indoors so our Indoor Environmental Quality is a major factor to take into account. The University of...
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green wall in foyer
10
Oct

Green Star Rating and Green Infrastructure

Green Star is a sustainability rating system launched in 2003 by the Green Building Council of Australia. The system was set up to measure and assess how environmentally friendly a building is. The Green Star Rating system is measured at all stages of the built environment life cycle. Factors include the efficiency of the cooling...
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30
Dec

Interior Plants for Sustainable Facility Ecology and Workplace Productivity

Margaret Burchett, Fraser Torpy & Jane Tarran; Plants and Indoor Environmental Quality Group; and Faculty of Science, University of Technology Sydney. Human ecology (humans in their relationships with the environment) has a history extending up to two million years. Our species has continued to be biologically well adapted to ‘nature’ over this period. We are...
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25
Oct

Do Plants in the Office Promote Good Health?

Prof. Dr. Tøve Fjeld,  Agricultural University of Norway, As/Oslo. A modern lifestyle presents us with a new situation in terms of psychological perspectives on our health. The study of the effect which our environment has on us is called ‘environmental psychology’. Studies in this field have clearly shown that our environment has a significant effect...
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15
Aug

How Plants affect Human Health

Associate Professor Mardie Townsend, Deakin University Victoria. Humans are dependent psychologically on nature. Read about the environment and wellbeing. Download PDF
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10
Jul

How and Why Potted Plants Really do Clean Indoor Air

Margaret Burchett Ronald Wood, Ralph Orwell Jane Tarran, Fraser Torpy Ralph Alquezar Over 80 % of Australians live in cities, where we spend about 90% of our time indoors. A number of studies have shown that indoor air generally contains higher levels of contaminants than outdoor air – often several times higher concentrations. Over 350...
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14
Jun

Simple Steps to Better Air Quality

Principal authors Kristy Matte, Eco Balance Sustainable Design Consultancy; and Geoff Milne. This article is a good explanation of how to improve indoor air quality. Download PDF
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05
May

Wellbeing Improved by Indoor Greenery – Australian UTS Study

Final Report to Horticulture Australia Ltd Cpmpleted 15 february 2010 “Greening the Great Indoors for Human Health and Wellbeing’, Margaret Burchett et al. University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) The results add further evidence for the benefit of plants for occupant wellbeing: Reductions in negative mood states and feelings of stress by up to 6% have...
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