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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 donâ€™t have sufficient access to daylight.Â More than 130 million days are lost to sickness absence every year in Great Britain and working-age ill health costs the national economy ÂŁ100 billion a year. A 1% reduction in absenteeism would convert to a saving in lost days alone of ÂŁ1 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.Â 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.
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The Biophilic Office in the Press
Wellness and Biophilia Symposium
The Wellness and Biophilia Symposium was held at BRE on the 6th and 7th of June 2019. Find out more about the Wellness and Biophilia Symposium.
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.Â The link between peopleâ€™s wellbeing and our wider business culture is one we are very keen to understand and benefit from.Â Kirsten Lord, Director of HR at BRE
Phase 1 summary report – one year of monitoring
This report gives an overview of the pre-refurbishment phase of the project. This phase of the project focused on monitoring occupant behaviour within the space to establish the indoor environmental quality, the occupant’s perceptions and responses and their typical behaviours. It also explores the initial design concepts by Oliver Heath Design using biophilic principles in different zones.
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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.