The need for greater public awareness and education about the impact of building design on health and well-being is confirmed by a new benchmark attitudinal study.
According to “The Drive Toward Healthier Buildings: The Market Drivers and Impact of Building Design and Construction on Occupant Health, Well-Being, and Productivity,” the latest SmartMarket Report by McGraw Hill Construction, nearly two-thirds of homeowners (63 percent) believe the products and practices they use in their homes affect their health. Yet for more homeowners, energy savings (79 percent) and aesthetics (65 percent) come before the effect of buildings on their health (59 percent) when they make design and construction decisions.
In fact, architects and designers (63 percent) currently consider the impact of buildings on occupants’ health more important to incorporate into their design than do building owners (59 percent). Over the next two years, health is expected to become more consequential in each group’s decisions. However, research predicts many more architects and designers (79 percent) than owners (67 percent) will base decisions on health concerns.
“There is a fundamental connection between our health and the design of places where we live, work, play, and heal,” said Randy Fiser, executive vice president and CEO of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). “This research, which ASID helped to fund, indicates that designers and architects can encourage the adoption of healthy design practices and products by making the benefits clear and measurable to building owners.”
Believe the products and practices they use in their homes affect their health
More homeowners see energy savings coming before the effects of buildings
on their health when they make design and construction decisions by a 20
Of architects and designers will base future design decisions on health concerns