Construction news in brief

Healthy staff
Employers, building owners, designers and developers throughout the world are showing that it pays to invest in greener offices that keep their occupants healthy and happy, a report from the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) reveals.

The report highlights the global momentum behind healthy and green office design and operation, and showcases over 15 buildings that are leading the way.

Office of the future
Turner & Townsend has completed a major office project for Microsoft in Munich as part of the tech giant’s European strategy to create state-of-the-art workplaces for its employees.

The new offices will act as Microsoft’s headquarters in Germany and are based on Microsoft’s vision of creating an ‘Office of the Future’. With unassigned workspaces, multiple breakout areas and informal meeting rooms and outside terraces, it showcases the company’s values.

Urban energy
Cities have more power to secure their own cleaner energy supply than they realise a new study by Arup, released at the 23rd World Energy Congress, shows. The Arup Innovating Urban Energy perspective paper provides insight for the World Energy Council Scenarios Report and shows that new technologies, innovative financing mechanisms and political changes are opening up opportunities for cities to secure their own energy.