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2017 CORPORATE WELLNESS TRENDS
These innovations in corporate wellness aim to enhance our mind, body, and performance.
HOW WINDOWS CAN IMPROVE MENTAL HEALTH
Window design attributes including natural lighting, access to fresh air as well as outdoor views can significantly impact how we feel.
HEALTHY OFFICE CULTURE IS BECOMING THE NORM
The trend towards healthier offices is growing stronger and addressing how we eat at work.
BUSINESSES AND BUILDINGS ARE EMBRACING CHANGE
From measuring productivity to inputting technology that will improve it, positive improvements are happening now.
2016 PUSHED THE WELLNESS AGENDA
With the year in review, this article examines implications of a new health and wellbeing focus in buildings.
NEW YEAR WELLNESS TRENDS
Health and wellbeing resolutions will extend to architecture and the envionment in 2017.
DEVELOPERS AIM FOR WELLNESS IN BUILDINGS
Health and wellbeing is taking the spotlight for most desirable aspects within buildings.
MOST PEOPLE THINK THEIR BUILDING IS SMARTER THAN IT ACTUALLY IS
If we spend 90% of our time in buildings, we should be educated on what makes a great indoor environment.
IS YOUR HOME MAKING YOU SICK?
Unaccounted illness and annoying allergies could be a result of your daily environment.
BUILDINGS SHOULD LOOK AND SOUND HEALTHY
Reoccuring noise disturbances in buildings can not only impact your productivity, but also your health.
HIGH PERFORMING HOMES ACHIEVE MORE
High performance buildings can improve a home's energy efficiency, durability, and improve occupant's health and productivity.
BUILT-IN GREENERY FOR HEALTHIER CITIES
Buildings covered in vegetation are becoming more recognised for their environmental benefits which improve people's health.
BUILDING IMPROVEMENTS THAT SAVE MONEY AND IMPROVE HEALTH
These 3 aspects are helping to improve our health and savings, as well as avoid damages caused by urbanisation.
SICK BUILDING SYNDROME IS PRESENT IN SCHOOLS
Recent findings from the University of Melbourne is instructional for schools to improve students' learning environments.
EVALUATING HEALTH AND WELLBEING AT THE CITY SCALE
If human health is not always indicative of wellbeing, how do we overcome these challenges and then improve urban life?
BETTER CITY DESIGN LEADS TO IMPROVED PUBLIC HEALTH
In this study, 14 cities in 10 countries tracked residents' steps for up to one week and linked better public health with walkability, independent of any other factors.
HOW CAN HEALTH AND WELLBEING FRAME COP 22 ACTION PLANS?
Countries join this week at COP22 in Marrakech to create global action plans that mitigate issues including climate change, social inequality, and local health.
NY RESEARCHERS LOOK AT NOISE POLLUTION TO INFORM PUBLIC POLICY
In New York, 9 out of 10 adults are exposed to noise levels above a recommended level, which can have long-term effects on health.
MANAGING WORK STRESS WITH THE FREEDOM TO MAKE OUR OWN DECISIONS
Stress in the workplace can be good for our overall health but only if we are able to work on our own terms.
CREATING HEALTHY WORKSPACES IN SMALL BUSINESSES
Here are some tips for your small business to improve staff health and wellbeing.
STUDY SHOWS COGNITIVE FUNCTION IMPROVED IN GREEN BUILDINGS
Better performing buildings have been correlated with increased crisis response, cognitive function and productivity.
HEATHROW UNVEILS NEW GREEN WALL IN BUSIEST PART OF THE AIRPORT
Europe's busiest airport is looking to improve passenger's experiences by investing in ways to enhance relaxation.
THE BASICS OF SICK BUILDING SYNDROME
Occupational Health and Safety reports on the telltale signs of SBS and how to distinguish the symptoms.
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION RELEASES AIR QUALITY MODEL
The interactive map confirms that 92% of the world is living in unsafe air quality environments.
NEW SMARTMARKET REPORT ON THE PATHWAY TO HEALTHIER BUILDINGS
The report contains data on the knowledge gap and ways to educate on health and wellbeing in buildings.
PHILIPS RELEASES NEW TARGETS AND HEALTHY OFFICES REPORT
Beyond designing efficient lighting systems, Philips is looking to create healthier workplaces.
OWNING A HEALTHY HOME COULD SAVE MONEY ON YOUR MORTGAGE
13 banks across Europe are offering cheaper mortgage rates to energy efficient home owners.
URBAN TREES SHOULD HOLD MORE VALUE IN CITIES
Recent studies show that trees can save cities nearly $35 M per year and create more livable places.
SWEDISH RESEARCHERS DESIGN TRANSPARENT WOOD COMPOSITE
Imagine a material with the strength of wood that allows for natural lighting to shine through like glass.
HOW TO CELEBRATE GREEN BUILDING WEEK
Here are events and opportunities for you to "Change Your Perspective" this week.
DUST MAY BE HARMING YOUR HEALTH
Toxic chemicals accumulate in house dust and can be harmful with long-term exposure.
SYDNEY RELEASES SCORECARD FOR GREEN BUILDINGS
The tool allows tenants and landlords to better understand and collaborate on sustainability goals.
THIS CO-WORKING SPACE DOUBLES AS AN ADULT PLAYGROUND
Conventional offices are out and whimsical spaces that encourage spontaneous activity are in.
WORLD BANK ESTIMATES $225 BILLION LABOUR LOST DUE TO AIR POLLUTION
This new study finds that air pollutants are deadly and costing the global economy billions in lost labour income.
DESIGNING OFFICES THAT MEET OUR HUMAN NEEDS
Employers are investing in the health and wellbeing of staff to increase overall productivity of business.
40% OF OFFICE WORKERS THINK HEALTH SYMPTOMS RESULT FROM POOR VENTILATION
A survey conducted in the UK shows that people are becoming more aware of negative effects caused by poor ventilation in buildings.
DELOS CREATES WELLNESS DISTRICT IN DOWNTOWN TAMPA
The neighbourhood will include offices, homes and retailers that intend to make residents healthier.
GREEN HOMES PROVIDE MORE BENEFITS THAN JUST SAVING YOU MONEY ON ENERGY BILLS
Sustainable home features are doing more than saving you money, they are improving your health and wellbeing.
THE EASIEST WAY TO REMOVE INDOOR VOCS
House plants effectively remove chemicals from indoor air and are visually appealing.
THIS RETIREMENT COMMUNITY FOCUSES ON HEALTH AND WELLBEING
Residents can experience a higher quality of life in this retirement village aimed to stimulate the senses.
CORNELL RELEASES BENCHMARKS FOR SUSTAINABLE HOTELS
The Hotel Sustainability Benchmarking Index is the first of it's kind and raising awareness in the hospitality industry.
5 HOUSEPLANTS THAT IMPROVE INDOOR AIR QUALITY
These plants can improve your health by removing concentrated VOCs from indoor air.
DIMMING THE LIGHTS CAN IMPROVE YOUR PRODUCTIVITY
Adjustable lighting for work spaces can boost your efficiency and comfort levels.
URBANIZATION LEADS TO CONCENTRATED PATHOGENS
Improved infrastructure will prevent the spread of pathogens in condensed cities.
BUILDINGS CAN ABRIDGE THE HUMAN-NATURE CONNECTION
Delos and IWBI integrate well-being in the built environment and people are taking notice.
1 HOUR OF EXERCISE THROUGHOUT THE DAY WILL LENGTHEN YOUR LIFE
Research has proven that sitting for long hours and inactivity has severe impacts on your length of life.
HONG KONG GBC TO LAUNCH BUILDING RATING SYSTEM FOR COMMUNITY IMPACTS
Better buildings contribute to better places and can influence the well-being of neighbourhoods.
GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE IS CRITICAL FOR DENSE AND SUSTAINABLE CITIES
An adaptive approach to buildings will better include complex built and natural relationships in cities.
WELLNESS TOURISM PROJECTED TO BECOME $678.5 BILLION BUSINESS BY 2017
Hotel developers are meeting demand by inventing new healthy experiences for wellness tourists.
HARVARD STUDY LINKS COGNITIVE FUNCTION WITH INCREASED VENTILATION RATES
Lower levels of volatile organic chemicals and carbon dioxide in the air has shown to make our minds more agile.
OCCUPANTS ACCOUNT FOR 93% OF ALL BUILDING COSTS
The market demand for wellness is on the rise, and developers and operators are paying attention.
OFFICE ENVIRONMENTS ARE GROWING UP AND OUT OF CUBICLES
Study shows that employees value work spaces more than break rooms, complementary food or access to natural light.
HEALTH AND WELLBEING IN BUILDINGS IS MORE THAN JUST A ‘FAD’
The link between buildings and health is growing, it's time for all of us to promote better places for people.
AUSTRALIA’S FIRST BREATHING GREEN WALL FEATURED IN LENDLEASE HEADQUARTERS
The new building at Barangaroo is built to the highest standards for healthy working environments.
LONDON RECEIVES EUROPE’S FIRST WELL-CERTIFIED BUILDING
This article discusses how WELL building standards measure occupant health and wellbeing.
ACADEMIC-PRACTITIONER PARTNERSHIP RELEASES GOOD HOUSING: BETTER HEALTH REPORT
This collaborative report on better housing addresses energy efficiency as well as occupant health.
WORLD ECONOMY ESTIMATED TO LOSE £1.5 TRILLION DUE TO GLOBAL WARMING
The rise in global temperature and frequency of severe weather events are preventing people from working outside.
INTERNATIONAL WELL BUILDING INSTITUTE WELCOMES NEW CEO
Rick Fedrizzi joins IWBI bringing decades of experience with the USGBC and LEED standards.
INFOGRAPHIC: NATURAL VS. ARTIFICIAL LIGHT
Human centric lighting is designed to reduce building costs and improve health and wellbeing.
HYDROPONIC LIVING WALL PROVIDES FRESH AIR TO ROOMS AND DOES NOT REQUIRE SOIL
The newest living walls can enhance the microbiome in a building and significantly improve air quality.
INFOGRAPHIC: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF SPACE
Researchers at the University of Southern California illustrate the benefits and case studies of healthy office spaces.
HOW TO OPTIMIZE HEALTH AND WELLNESS PROGRAMS AT WORK
Healthy buildings get employees engaged with wellness features and improve work environments.
WALKING IS THE BEST WAY TO ADD MORE ACTIVITY TO YOUR WORK DAY
Taking a walking break for 15 minutes burns 3x the calories as switching between sitting and standing throughout your work day.
INFOGRAPHIC: HOW AIR POLLUTION AFFECTS YOUR HEALTH
Interactive graphic to learn about the sources of air pollution and they could be impacting your health.
UNITED EMIRATES GBC WARNS BUILDING MANAGERS NOT TO OVERLOOK INDOOR AIR POLLUTANTS
Indoor air quality is often the least maintained feature in buildings.
LAND SECURITIES ADVISES BUSINESSES TO USE SCIENCE TO DETERMINE SUSTAINABILITY TARGETS
Land Securities explains their new science-based 80% carbon reduction target by 2050.
AUSTRALIA RECEIVES FIRST BUILDING MADE ENTIRELY FROM SUSTAINABLY ENGINEERED WOOD
Lendlease is addressing building materials to lower carbon emissions and construction waste.
IN THE FUTURE BUILDINGS WILL ADAPT TO THE ENVIRONMENT LIKE NATURAL SYSTEMS
Architects are creating buildings that work with the natural environment and not against it.
M&S PUBLISHES PLAN A 2020 REPORT WITH GOAL OF BECOMING WORLD’S MOST SUSTAINABLE RETAILER
The new report includes 100 new commitments that focus on ethical and environmental causes.
M&S ENERGY SOCIETY INVITES CUSTOMERS TO INVEST IN RENEWABLE ENERGY
M&S is working to source 50% of energy for UK and ROI buildings from small-scale renewable sources by 2020.
STUDY LINKS DISCONNECT FROM NATURE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS
Researchers at the University of Washington find mood disorders are more common in urban areas and caused by reduced access to nature.
FUTURE SMART BUILDINGS WILL ACCOMMODATE YOUR PREFERENCES
Offices of the future could benefit your productivity, wellbeing and collaboration with others.
NATURAL VIEWS ALONE CAN BOOST PRODUCTIVITY 15% IN OFFICES
Studies show that both direct access to nature and indirect views of nature improve wellbeing.
INDOOR AIR QUALITY TECHNOLOGY TO GENERATE $55.4 BILLION BY 2024
Navigant Research forecasts global revenue for indoor air technology as a result of more green building certifications.
NEW BUILDING TECHNOLOGY WILL OPTIMIZE ENVIRONMENTAL ADJUSTMENTS FOR COMFORT
Older offices prohibit people from opening windows and doors, now mechanical systems can indicate when it is most efficient to do so.
HEALTHY BUILDINGS ARE LIVING SYSTEMS AND REQUIRE NOURISHING MATERIALS
The Living Building Challenge seeks to change the culture around building materials from sustainable to regenerative.
LAND SECURITIES CREATES AN INDOOR AND OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE IN WORKPLACES
Healthy and balanced workplaces are shown to increase productivity by 16% and job satisfaction 24%.
PERKINS + WILL DESIGN OFFICE FREE OF ALL TOXINS IN SEATTLE
The new office space excludes all chemicals on the Perkins + Will Precautionary List.
SEOUL AIMS TO REDUCE 26.9% CARBON EMISSIONS FROM BUILDINGS BY 2020
Seoul announces plan to improve energy efficiency by adopting a net-zero architecture system and raising public awareness.
BUILDINGS REQUIRE MORE THAN EFFICIENCY TO BENEFIT OUR HEALTH AND WELLBEING
Lend lease looks at how building occupants expect healthy buildings that also support their wellbeing.
EMPLOYEE SATISFACTION SURVEY SHOWS MOST POTENTIAL IN THERMAL COMFORT, VOCs AND LIGHTING
After retrofitting their head office British Land found these areas were most associated with improved wellbeing and productivity.
LIVING NEAR NATURE MAKES YOU 34% LESS AT RISK OF RESPIRATORY ILLNESS AND 13% FOR CANCER
Study from Harvard University that found an increase in vegetation leads to decreased mortality rates.
Revenue from Indoor Environmental and Air Quality Technologies Is Expected to Total $55.4 Billion from 2015 to 2024
A recent report from Navigant Research
National Survey Reveals Offices Aren’t Built to Benefit Employees
Saint-Gobain and its subsidiary SageGlass® today announced the results of its 2016 Work Environment Survey.
Arup joins forces with Delos™ to promote health and wellbeing across the built environment
Under the partnership, Arup has pledged to take 100 Arup staff members through the WELL AP program to help advance the WELL Building Standard™.
Green views lead to better test scores for students
An American study has found that high school students with views of nature perform better than students in a windowless room or a room with a view of built space.
Doubling cognitive function scores through improved air quality
New lab-based study links improved cognitive ability to enhanced ventilation
Let’s Get Comfy: The New Way to Control Temperature
Learn about Comfy, software that connects to heating and cooling systems and enables people to adjust office temperature.
Latest Green Building Trend: Focus on Effects on People
Health and wellbeing are joining energy efficiency as the main benefits of green building, with advantages for people and business.
Health and Wellbeing – Time to Get Real
UK-GBC's John Alker explains how the link between "green" and "people" outcomes is crucial in transforming our built environment