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Category: Biophilic design

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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Denver Water’s Complex Redevelopment Celebrates Official “Topping Out”

Denver Water’s Complex administrative building is targeting LEED-NC Platinum certification and Net Zero Energy. Sustainable features include a radiant slab powered by the complex’s central utility plant to conserve heat and energy; raised access flooring; a high-efficiency triple pane glazed window system for maximum daylighting and energy savings; biophilic design; fitness options and healthy dining.

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Biophilic design of Philadelphia’s Asplundh Cancer Pavilion features Linetec’s wood grain finish

The recently opened Asplundh Cancer Pavilion’s 86,000-square-foot outpatient center in the suburbs of Philadelphia combines state-of-the-art cancer-fighting science with a serene healing environment. Its biophilic design by EwingCole includes an exterior architectural aluminum system finished by Linetec to resemble the look and texture of natural wood.

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The Economics of Biophilia: Retail

Biophilic retail is a growing trend at all types of venues, from outdoor retail promenades, indoor malls and flagship stores to airport concessions, restaurants, and hospitality retail amenities. By embracing daylight and greenery strategies that add ‘experiential value’ and market/brand differentiation, developers and store owners have the opportunity to optimize profit margins that are economically, environmentally, and socially savvy.

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Plans for New Sustainably Designed Trophy Office Towers in Water Street Tampa Unveiled

Tampa is getting its first-ever New York-style office buildings designed by COOKFOX and Gensler as part of a futuristic new waterfront neighborhood. The buildings are sustainably designed and will be WELL and LEED certified, a first for the region and a benefit for potential tenants. Surrounded by over 13 acres of lushly-landscaped open spaces, the buildings will be part of the larger Water Street Tampa neighborhood, the first WELL-certified community in the world, a standard that has been developed in partnership with the International Well Building Institute. 

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New York City’s Manhattan Districts 1/2/5 Garage and Spring Street Salt Shed are the first LEED-certified New York City Department of Sanitation facilities. Photo credit: Albert Vecerka/Esto

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New York Sanitation Building Wows with Perforated Solar Fins Enriched with Lumiflon FEVE Resin Dattner Architects and WXY Architecture + Urban Design teamed up to design New York City’s Manhattan Districts 1/2/5 Garage and Spring Street Salt Shed. The 2,600 custom perforated aluminum solar fins, “float” off the building masonry base and reduce the building’s solar heat. The louvers were protected with IFS Coatings’ IFS 500 FP, a Lumiflon-enriched product.  Read more

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