Healthy Buildings

How buildings are designed, constructed and maintained influences human behavior and performance.  While high performance design strategies can positively enhance building efficiency, functionality and planetary impact, biophilic/healthy building approaches are vital in promoting physical and mental well-being. Benefits of implementing holistic wellness design strategies include:

  • Moving a cultural norm toward increasing health and wellness
  • Increased productivity
  • Enhanced building user experience
  • Attracting and retaining the best and brightest talent
Biophilia in Healthcare Design

A ubiquitous supply of research is consistently correlating the physical and mental health benefits of improving our visceral relationship with the natural world.  What has been largely intuitive and subjectively qualitative is now quantitative and specific; as such healthcare organizations have taken notice.  Healthcare designers have responded with data related to effects on heart rates, blood pressure, release of stress hormones, and recovery times .  Now validated by this research, biophilia is joining the repertoire of tools implemented by healthcare systems not only to affect better health outcomes, but to enhance the value proposition offered to healthcare markets that have become increasingly competitive.  Evidence based design, lean design initiatives, and more recently “WELL building” concepts are coalescing with biophilia toward a more (W)holistic approach to healthcare delivery.  As creators of the built environment it is our duty and responsibility to incorporate and embrace those concepts that enhance the relationship of our work to the individual – in this case, those seeking health and well-being. WELL Building Standard