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. 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. 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 year1. 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.

The Biophilic Office is a 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

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

Ambius partners with BRE on groundbreaking biophilic office research

See us at the Facilities Show, London ExCel, Tuesday 19th June, 13.50-14.20hrs “Using nature-inspired design to improve occupant wellbeing”

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

“A core philosophy of the project is to provide practical guidance and new evidence-based outtakes for architects, specifiers, contractors and real estate owners to implement in mainstream office design and refurbishment. This project will be significant in shaping thinking about reintegrating nature into our everyday lives.” Richard Sabin, Biotecture


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

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