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Category: Biophilic design

A healthy future for mass timber in medical facilities

Contributing author Lanny Flynn, Principal, Buildings Engineering at Stantec, takes a comprehensive look at the use of mass timber as a design element and as an advanced building material in the construction of medical facilities. Flynn shares his expertise citing research on positive health outcomes; the types and key elements of mass timber; benefits including infection control and ease of mass timber construction; safety concerns; and future changes in the International Building Code which will introduce three new construction types enabling the consideration of mass timber for larger facilities.

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Perkins and Will reveals interior renderings for UTHealth Continuum of Care Campus for Behavioral Health

Perkins and Will reveals interior renderings for UTHealth Continuum of Care Campus for Behavioral Health. A joint venture between the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and the Texas State Health and Human Services Commission, the project will be the first public mental health facility in Houston in more than 30 years.

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Interior designers grow company talent with living green wall branding and biophilia

When designing a space to advance the objectives of a corporate client, living green walls are a sustainable option with the flexibility to meet the specific demands of any indoor space or corporate imagination. Perhaps the most telling endorsement of the living green wall as a Millennial magnet comes from technology corporations, including digital first companies like Etsy, Mashable, and AWeber. Microsoft, Google, Twitter and others have a Versa Wall® by GSky®.

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Small town invigorated by new STEAM learning center

Groton Central School District’s $4.8 million STEAM center is a renovated 8,000-square-foot lab and shared-learning space. Ashley McGraw merged the district’s curriculum with the overarching concept using form, light, and materials to create a modern learning environment where both teachers and students will feel valued, focused, and inquisitive.

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Emerging evidence points to a positive association between nature and mental health

VELUX Skylights released findings that depict modern society’s vanishing relationship with the natural environment. In the US, 63% of participants said they on average only spend one hour or less a day in nature, but 88% agreed they would like to spend more time. In addition, 71% of the US participants said they believe nature, daylight and fresh air have a positive impact on stress levels while 69% agreed that those factors have a positive impact on mental well-being. A separate study, commissioned by the VELUX Group and published by RAND Europe, finds emerging evidence for a positive association between nature and mental health.

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Studio One Eleven reveals creative sustainable office design for Laserfiche

“We worked closely with Laserfiche and Urbana Development to create a place that is healthy, energy-efficient and fosters innovation and collaboration,” said Studio One Eleven Senior Principal Michael Bohn, AIA. “The building’s strength and elegance captures the firm’s vibrant role in the tech world, and it establishes a firm cornerstone for the Long Beach Boulevard Creative Corridor, with several other creative tenants already in place.”

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Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED) and Walsh Construction complete biophilic design-embodied Palos Health South Campus

“The design for this Palos campus began with the idea that the facility should reflect its surrounding prairie setting and embody the natural environment contained within its bordering wetlands. It was imperative that natural elements be reinforced from the moment patients turned into the property and continued throughout their entire visit,” said Aaron Shepard, Principal with Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED).

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The Economics of Biophilia: Communities

Integration of green space into urban design cultivates a society that is more aware and invested in a long-term shift toward generations that are healthier, more productive, and more connected to nature. Recognizing the premiums that green properties generate could change building codes and best practices in construction in the long run, resulting in urban areas that move towards reconnecting with the native landscape.

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Specifying Green Walls: Bringing Indoor Environments to Life

As sustainability experts and forward-thinking design professionals know, biophilic design isn’t simply a trend — it’s the way we’re defining the future. Many designers and architects are bringing greenery indoors through living walls, as they make a major aesthetic impact while maximizing the array of benefits associated with designing with nature in mind.

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Four Pillars of Sustainability for Behavioral Health Environment

Actions and design choices which promote and protect our sustainable natural environment, promote higher levels of emotional health. There are four major components which are considered in Sustainable Behavioral Health. They are Natural Light, Acoustics, Biophilia, and Natural Ventilation. Integration of all components into a build space will help create a build environment to support and promote the behavioral of patients.

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Architects design pavilion with red petal facade. Overlapping shingles are composed of Alucobond Spectra Red tiles featuring a Lumiflon FEVE fluoropolymer resin topcoat. Photo credit: Keith Panel Systems

Architects design pavilion with red petal facade. Overlapping shingles are composed of Alucobond Spectra Red tiles featuring a Lumiflon FEVE fluoropolymer resin topcoat. Photo credit: Keith Panel Systems

Guide to Green Building – Product of the Week

Solarban 90 Solar Control Low-E Glass Solarban 90 glass combines industry-leading solar control performance with a true neutral-reflective clear-glass aesthetic. United with clear glass in a standard 1-inch IGU, Solarban 90 glass has a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.23, visible light transmittance of 51 percent and an LSG ratio of 2.22. Solarban 90 glass facilitates the use of smaller HVAC systems to reduce initial capital expenditures and long-term cooling costs. It also enables architects to design buildings with larger expanses of glass to promote daylighting, diminish the need for artificial lighting and connect building occupants to the outdoors. Mountain views, energy efficiency highlight new Ent Center at UC Colorado Springs. Photography by Tom Kessler

Solarban 90 Solar Control Low-E Glass Solarban 90 glass combines industry-leading solar control performance with a true neutral-reflective clear-glass aesthetic. United with clear glass in a standard 1-inch IGU, Solarban 90 glass has a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.23, visible light transmittance of 51 percent and an LSG ratio of 2.22. Solarban 90 glass facilitates the use of smaller HVAC systems to reduce initial capital expenditures and long-term cooling costs. It also enables architects to design buildings with larger expanses of glass to promote daylighting, diminish the need for artificial lighting and connect building occupants to the outdoors. Mountain views, energy efficiency highlight new Ent Center at UC Colorado Springs. Photography by Tom Kessler

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