BIOPHILIC DESIGN CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Nearly all of us spend about 90 per cent of our lives in buildings.
It means our health and wellbeing are influenced significantly by the built environment, researchers, experts and scientist have together to launch a project to determine how design can improve our lives.

The Biophilic Office is leading the research and a demonstration project to show exactly how design can make a difference by creating a healthier and more productive office environment.

The leading global manufacturer of modular flooring, Interface, has been the first sponsor to be announced for The Biophilic Office project.

It focuses on the refurbishment of a 1980s office building on the BRE campus and presents a myriad of opportunities for sponsors and partners to get involved.

The project is being led by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) and Oliver Heath Design.

“We are delighted to welcome Interface as the first sponsor for our biophilic design project,” said Edu Suttie, Director of Sustainable Products for BRE.

“The Biophilic Office is designed to show how quantified improvements in productivity and wellness can bring rewards for landlords, occupiers, developers and all those concerned with the office environment.”

Marketing Director U.K. and Ireland at Interface, said that “As an organisation, we’ve long been committed to highlighting the role of biophilic design in devising interior spaces that boost the wellbeing and productivity of people using them.”

She also said at Interface, “We’ve no doubt that the Biophilic Office study will provide the design industry with a wealth of quantifiable evidence demonstrating the positive impact of such workplaces on workers’ health and on business productivity.”

The information that the research will generate will be an invaluable resource for designers when advising clients on how to create the best possible working environments for their employees.

The project is scheduled to kick off later this year and will include office evaluations by building technology experts to determine the amount and quality of daylight, lighting, indoor air quality, acoustic, thermal and humidity comfort.

Also, office occupants will undergo a confidential health evaluation, sign up to a series of on-line questionnaires and surveys and receive wearable technology to monitor key health metrics.

Researchers will carry out a year of pre-refurbishment and a year of post-refurbishment monitoring.

Interface, Inc. is the world’s largest manufacturer of modular carpet, which they design for our customers under the Interface® brand.

They are committed to sustainability and minimising their impact on the environment while enhancing shareholder value.

And their mission, Climate Take Back, focuses on driving positive impacts in the world to create a climate fit for life.

The BRE is a world leading, multi-disciplinary, building science centre with a mission to improve buildings and infrastructure, through research and knowledge generation.

They apply cutting-edge research to develop a range of products, services, standards and qualifications that are used around the world to bring about positive change in the built environment. More at www.bregroup.com.

BRE is seeking more sponsors and partners to join Interface in this exciting project so if you’d like to find out more please visit www.bregroup.com/biophilic and/or contact Ed Suttie ed.suttie@bre.co.uk for partnership opportunities.

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