LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kilroy Realty Corporation (NYSE: KRC) announced today that it is partnering with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in its third study on the link between green buildings and cognitive function. The first two studies found that improved indoor environmental quality doubled occupants’ cognitive function test scores. Specifically, occupants in high-performing, green-certified buildings had higher cognitive function scores than occupants in similarly high-performing, non-certified buildings. Kilroy Realty is the only North American REIT to participate in the study.
The third Harvard study aims to create the first-ever cohort of buildings for a comprehensive, year-long study on the specific factors in a built environment that influence human health and productivity. Ten KRC employees volunteered to participate in the ongoing global study. The participants have been provided a sensor to track indoor environmental conditions at their desks and wearable devices to track sleep and physical activity. These devices integrate with the study’s application, which allows study participants to complete surveys and cognitive tests. More information about this comprehensive, multiyear study is available at http://naturalleader.com/thecogfxstudy/.
“We are trying to unlock the secrets of how buildings can be leveraged to further promote human health and productivity,” says Joseph Allen, assistant professor and Director of the Healthy Buildings program at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “We can’t do this type of research without outstanding corporate partners like Kilroy and study participants who donate their time. We’re grateful for their support as we collectively work to advance the science on healthy buildings for all.”
KRC’s participation in the study builds on its strong existing health programs, which focus on indoor air quality and active design. Its indoor air quality programs include air quality testing, high MERV-rating filtration media, green cleaning supplies, building standards specifying low-emitting materials, and leak detection programs that prevent mold growth. At year-end 2018, 38% of the KRC portfolio was certified under Fitwel by the Center for Active Design.
“The groundbreaking work that has come out of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has already changed the global conversation around the impact of buildings on public health, and we are excited to be partners in their third study,” says Sara Neff, Senior Vice President, Sustainability at KRC. “We hope that our participation in this study will further scientific understanding of those impacts and improve health outcomes through the built environment.”
About the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. The overarching mission of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is to advance the public’s health through learning, discovery, and communication.
To pursue this mission, the School produces knowledge through research, reproduces knowledge through higher education, and translates knowledge into evidence that can be communicated to the public, policymakers, and practitioners to advance the health of populations.
About Kilroy Realty Corporation. Kilroy Realty Corporation (KRC), a publicly traded real estate investment trust and member of the S&P MidCap 400 Index, is one of the West Coast’s premier landlords. The company has over 70 years of experience developing, acquiring and managing office and mixed-use real estate assets. The company provides physical work environments that foster creativity and productivity and serves a broad roster of dynamic, innovation-driven tenants, including technology, entertainment, digital media and health care companies.
At June 30, 2019, the company’s stabilized portfolio totaled approximately 13.5 million square feet of office space located in the coastal regions of Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, the San Francisco Bay Area and Greater Seattle and 200 residential units located in the Hollywood submarket of Los Angeles. The stabilized portfolio was 93.8% occupied and 97.2% leased. In addition, KRC had five projects under construction totaling approximately 2.1 million square feet of office space that were 55% leased and 801 residential units. KRC also had two projects in the tenant improvement phase, The Exchange on 16th, totaling approximately 750,000 square feet, with the office space fully leased to Dropbox, and 96,000 square feet of retail at One Paseo, which was 94% leased.
The company’s commitment and leadership position in sustainability has been recognized by various industry groups across the world. In September 2018, the company was recognized by GRESB both as North American leader across all asset classes and a global leader among all publicly traded real estate companies. Other sustainability accolades include NAREIT’s Leader in the Light award for the past five years, the EPA’s highest honor of Sustained Excellence and winner of ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for the past six years. The company is listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. At the end of the second quarter, the company’s stabilized portfolio was 59% LEED certified and 75% of eligible properties were ENERGY STAR certified. More information is available at http://www.kilroyrealty.com.
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