Tuesday, March 27, 2012

How can buildings enhance and protect occupant health and performance?

High Performance Office Building, designed by Symbiosis

Symbiosis Research Question of the Week : How can buildings enhance and protect occupant health and performance?

The environments people occupy have a significant, direct  effect on their health and well-being. The average person in the US and Europe spends around 90% of their time indoors. Current building environments frequently generate illnesses and negatively impact people's health, well-being, and work performance, through Sick Building Syndrome, other Building Related Illnesses, and non-stimulating environments. Poor air quality, toxic materials, and disconnect from natural stimuli such as natural daylight, plants, and local climate conditions are among the contributing factors. In addition, current research by the Biology and Built Environment Center indicates that typical mechanical ventilation strategies meant to improve air quality are having the opposite effect, removing the beneficial bacteria and matter (which generally originate in the natural environment) from the air, and replacing it with detrimental matterincluding human sweat, saliva, and VOC's. 

How can buildings be designed to enhance and protect occupant health and performance?

Symbiosis, in collaboration with Wageningen's environmental psychology ' Health and Society ' chair, is developing a building health performance evaluation tool and guidelines for designers.

Check back in for future results

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