The World Green Building Council and the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living have teamed up for the “Closing the Loop” project, which is designed to connect the abundance of information on the benefits of green building with front end decision makers.

The two bodies have signed a memorandum of understanding to take steps towards defining what constitutes “low” and “no” carbon cities as part of the program, which is headed by Professor Deo Prasad and supported by AECOM, Brookfield Multiplex and HASSELL.

“Closing the Loop will help global industries create built environments to positively impact people’s health, wellbeing and productivity whilst improving the building industry’s environmental performance,” CRCLCL chief executive Scientia Professor Deo Prasad said.

“Collaborating with the World Green Building Council provides our project team with a unique opportunity to tap into the global leadership and significant knowledge that already exists throughout the world, thanks to the Council.”

The WorldGBC will assign staff to assist in coordinating the project, helping to identify overlaps and areas for future collaboration.

Closing the Loop members have already been involved in WorldGBC’s “Health Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices” report.

“With up to 90 per cent of a company’s costs spent on salaries and benefits, even modest improvements to staff health and productivity can have a dramatic impact on organisational profitability,” WorldGBC chief executive Jane Henley said.

“Closing the Loop will enhance our understanding of the health, wellbeing and productivity implications of building design so that we can create environments that positively encourage health and wellbeing and stimulate productivity.”