Build Wellness Right into Your Home and Office

Posted by in What if...?

Many people still think of wellness as something you ‘do’ but leading minds in engineering and building believe wellness must be incorporated into our everyday environments – like the buildings we live and work in.

How healthy is your environment?

Given that on average people spend about 90 per cent of their lives indoors it’s a wonder we didn’t place more importance on wellness in our homes and workplaces sooner.

Just as the LEED rating system gave us healthy environmental design standards, the new WELL Building Institute has established design standards that support human health and wellbeing. These standards help create an environment that improves the nutrition, fitness, mood, sleep patterns, and performance of its occupants.

There are seven concepts relevant to occupant health in a building environment:

  • Air
  • Water
  • Nourishment
  • Light
  • Fitness
  • Comfort
  • Mind

Here are a few examples of wellness-focused building design that are already here or coming soon to a home or office near you:

  • Lighting that syncs precisely to your body’s circadian rhythms
  • Dawn simulating lighting that wakes you up gently instead of a blaring alarm clock
  • Bed sensors that monitor all aspects of your sleep to make instant ventilation and comfort changes to preserve your REM state
  • Antibacterial paint
  • Tech sensors that alert you when you’re entering a ‘sick building’

You Might Like:

Biggest Benefits to Improving Wellness in the Workplace

Wearable Devices for Environmental Monitoring and Health