Design for health and wellness

Design based around humans...

I’m a firm believer that HEALTHY SPACES MAKE HAPPY PEOPLE.

I have studied to become a FitWel® Ambassador - promoting human-centric design.  FitWel® and WELL are part of the healthy building movement and are building standards which advance human health and wellness in buildings and communities.  In other words – it’s a new approach to healthy building design which makes the building work for it’s users rather than the other way around. Both standards cover air and water quality, nourishment, healthy lighting and daylight, fitness, mind and comfort.  The standards are science-based and evidence-based and have proven to greatly improve the user experience, resulting in happier, more engaged and productive people.

I have also recently completed the Materials and Human Health PCID 0601 at Parsons New School, New York - part of the Healthier Materials and Sustainable Building Certificate.  

This means looking at....

  • Materials
  • Air quality 
  • Water quality
  • Access to nature
  • Nourishment
  • Healthy lighting design
  • Movement
  • Mental health  
  • Comfort 
  • Community
  • Innovation

Some of the healthy specifications that can be used....

  • Colour changing circadian lighting to tune the body into the day and aid restful sleep
  • Good air quality - filtering and avoiding off-gassing & toxic materials, finishes, furniture
  • Good water quality
  • Access to nature - biophilic benefits of having natural materials, plants and even imagery using plants inside our homes is great for mental heath, healing, and even air purifying.

Human-centric design: things you can you do at home

I've applied the WELL Building Standard to the Working From Home experience and our homes (with Jecks Stone)

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