What practical interventions can building owners implement to improve health and wellbeing of office staff? Can these be quantified as part of the decision-making process?
These are some of the questions that the new biophilic design project will seek to answer.
The biophilic design concept stems from bringing trees and green space into urban areas and using natural elements in interiors. This has been demonstrated to add numerous benefits to mental and physical wellbeing, as well as cognitive function with studies showing an increase in reported levels of well-being, productivity, creativity and a reduction in absenteeism.
The project will see BRE refurbish an existing office building at its headquarters in Watford, in collaboration with Oliver Heath Design and a number of manufacturers and industry partners, to create a fully operational office that will enable occupants to be monitored whilst they work. It will become a prototype to change practice in the fit-out and real estate sectors to help them make more informed choices around health and wellbeing.
This webinar, hosted by Flavie Lowres, BRE Sustainable Products Associate Director will illustrate the concept and main techniques that will be used in this exciting research project.
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