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Better buildings boost wellbeing.

On June 6, our Associate Director Katie Livesey will be at the UK’s premier built environment event. She will be speaking on Building Health and Wellness, and chairing a session on Technology for Innovative Building Design.

I’m absolutely thrilled to be speaking and chairing at Vision this year, an exhibition which never fails to inspire by putting the spotlight on international infrastructure innovation.

It’s fair to say buildings are something most of us take for granted most of the time. Yet, as we spend 90% of our time indoors[1], it’s crucial we understand more about the impact they have on our health and wellbeing – and for businesses, on the bottom line too. For example, while most businesses typically spend around 5% of turnover on property costs, they often have a palpable lack of understanding of the level of impact that a space has on the people occupying it – even though people account for up to 90% of the operating costs of a business[2]!

“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

World Health Organization definition

Very few of us are lucky enough to work in a building that could be labelled the ‘smartest’ or ‘greenest’ in the world… unless you work at The Edge in Amsterdam, that is[3]. Typical office buildings look a lot more mundane, have limited controls and are not able to intelligently tweak your surroundings based on your personal preferences. Despite this, we all know the big difference small changes can make to the motivation and mood of an office, such as opening windows, bringing plants into the office, or introducing plans to get everyone more active (had you heard ‘sitting is the new smoking’[4]?). Our experiences show that most businesses are missing practical advice on how to improve the key aspects of their physical environment.

And, on top of this, quantifying the impact of wellbeing-enhancing features, and therefore demonstrating the financial return, is a substantial challenge for those who work in property or design. Several methods have emerged in the global market in the last 3-5 years. Are they improving the status quo? And if so, how are they doing this?

Please do come along if you’d like to hear about ‘Quantifying Wellbeing, Dispelling the Myths – Case Studies of Wellbeing Evaluation and Materials in Offices’ at 10:50 – 11:10am in Theatre 3 (Building Health and Wellness) on Tuesday June 6, 2017 at Olympia, London.

As well, I’ll be chairing the discussion on the role of ‘Technology for Innovative Building Design’ from 13:40pm in Theatre 1 (the Nudura Theatre), later that day – with speakers focussing on areas such as the role of technology in increasing wellbeing, and using ever-growing data stores to improve the built environment.

Hope to see you there!

Find out more about the free-to-attend two day exhibition on the Vision 2017 website and read more about Katie here. You can contact Katie by emailing Katie.Livesey@anthesisgroup.com, or alternatively, use our fill out form below:

[1] https://www.buildinggreen.com/blog/we-spend-90-our-time-indoors-says-who

[2] http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20110118095356/http:/www.cabe.org.uk/files/impact-office-design-full-research.pdf, page 36

[3] https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2015-the-edge-the-worlds-greenest-building/

[4] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/the-active-times/sitting-is-the-new-smokin_b_5890006.html


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