Positive Health and Wellbeing

Biophilic Motif

We spend 90% of our lives in buildings which means our health and wellbeing is influenced significantly by the built environment. In our typical office environment in the UK up to 60% of staff don’t have sufficient access to daylight. More than 130 million days are lost to sickness absence every year in Great Britain and working-age ill health costs the national economy £100 billion a year. A 1% reduction in absenteeism would convert to a saving in lost days alone of £1 billion to the economy. In addition a 15% increase in operational productivity enabled by the internal fit-out of your office adds further benefit.

Biophilic design acknowledges that we are genetically connected to nature and that a human-centred approach can improve many of the spaces that we live and work, with numerous benefits to our health and wellbeing and efficiency. The scientific evidence for the positive influence of biophilic design, on the health and wellbeing of building occupants is substantial and growing. In an office environment this is shown as quantified improvements in productivity, wellness and a reduction in days absent due to illness.

The Biophilic Office is a long-term research and demonstration project from BRE and Oliver Heath Design, supported by a range of partners. We are looking for partners and supporters to get involved! Contact Ed Suttie, ed.suttie@bre.co.uk


Download a pdf document showing the outline timing for the project –  The Biophilic Office Project Timing

Join us at LuxLive, Thursday 15th November – Case Study: Biophilic Office of the Future, Cosmin Ticleanu of BRE describes how the lighting strategy for the project will be designed to enhance health & wellbeing

Using nature-inspired design to improve office health & wellbeing – read the article on SHP Online

Ambius partners with BRE on groundbreaking biophilic office research

Hear from Ed Suttie on the project – interviewed by Modern Building Services magazine

Read about The Biophilic Office in The Guardian’s My Green Pod magazine, Summer issue

 This research offers us a great opportunity to contribute to the understanding of the impact of the office environment on the health and wellbeing of our colleagues.  The link between people’s wellbeing and our wider business culture is one we are very keen to understand and benefit from. Kirsten Lord, Director of HR at BRE


Hear from some of partners at our launch event in July…

Latest Blogs and News

A Project From

Take a look at the video from BRE and Oliver Heath Design which explains the project

Core Partners

Dissemination Partners

Contact Us and Get Involved

The team at BRE is looking for partners and supporters to get involved with the project. This can include refurbishment contractors, office and real estate owners or investors, materials and product manufacturers, monitoring and technology providers.

Contact: Flavie Lowres flavie.lowres@bre.co.uk Ed Suttie ed.suttie@bre.co.uk