Building for happier inhabitants

Nathan Johnson of Architecture and Design reports (15 September 2014) on a recent study from a University of Queensland’s School of Psychology professor concludes that an office enriched with plants makes staff happier and boosts UFCTRBproductivity by 15 per cent.

Those familiar with the theory of ‘biophilia’, which contends that human health and well-being has a biologically based need to affiliate with nature, wouldn’t find these results all that surprising.

As the benefits of natural daylight, ventilation and green space is continually proven to improve productivity and reduce sick days in office workers, building designers are becoming increasingly aware of providing healthy environments for workers through biophilic design.

One recent and self-professed example of biophilic design is the University of Florida Clinical Translational Research Building by US-based Perkins+Will, which is also the firm’s first carbon neutral building.

Read the full article.

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