The Drive Towards Healthier Buildings: Delos
What if a light bulb could make employees more alert at work? Or if the layout of a home could encourage better eating habits?
Where you work has never been more important. It can affect your health and your productivity. Research has found that 75% of building owners intend for healthy buildings to improve tenant/employee satisfaction and 64% of building owners intend for healthy buildings to improve financial benefits due to greater occupant productivity. Companies are integrating healthy building features because the payoffs are real.
“By focusing on people in design, construction, operations and development decisions, we have an unprecedented opportunity to drive innovation, add significant economic value to real estate assets, generate savings in personnel costs, and enhance the human experience,” says Paul Scialla, Founder and CEO of Delos. Delos offers innovative programming, solutions and technologies for the built environment, and how all employers can begin to place wellness at the center of design and construction.
According to the report, “The Drive Towards Healthier Buildings 2016,” the top five healthier building features in use currently include better lighting/daylighting exposure, products that enhance thermal comfort, spaces that enhance social interaction, enhanced air quality and products that enhance acoustical comfort.
We can all improve our built environment to live healthier, more fulfilling and productive lives. For example, spending 90% of our time indoors disrupts our 24-hour circadian rhythm. Using light color, lux and lumen to match natural lighting can promote energy levels and mental acuity during the day and enhance sleeping patterns at night. Other examples, such as active furnishings, can help promote physical activity during the work day and will complement other fitness strategies. Active furnishings include technologies like treadmill, bicycle, and standing desks. View examples of buildings that have implemented healthy building strategies here.
Health Means Business Champion, Delos, is a pioneer in Wellness Real Estate™ that offers innovative programming, solutions and technologies for the built environment, shares why where you work has never been more important.
Delos is transforming homes, offices, schools and other indoor environments by placing health and wellness at the center of design, construction, facilities, and operations decisions.
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