Energising effective environments
Heath Design Ltd is a sustainable architecture and interior design practice focused on improving health and well being in the built environment. We specialise in creating more productive, happier and healthier spaces to live and work in.
How can we help you?
The sustainable built environment ethos has traditionally taken a carbon centred approach focusing on energy and resource reduction and efficiencies. However research demonstrates that this technical approach can improve just 1% of typical business operating costs so may not deliver the greatest benefit.
In reality 90% of typical operating costs are in staff resources, as a result the new frontier in sustainable development takes a “Human Centred” approach.
Focusing on human needs can deliver increases in perceived psychological and physiological well being, improved productivity and creativity with energy reduction through behavioural change.
How we improve spaces
Heath Design’s human centred design incorporates Biophilic Design principles to deliver tangible and financial benefits to the triple bottom line of people, planet and profits.
Biophilic design uses human’s innate attraction to nature and natural processes to improve the many spaces we live and work in. Key aspects include improving natural light, improving views onto nature, incorporating natural materials textures patterns, ventilating spaces and creating restorative spaces.
Through strengthening the human connection with nature we can deliver significant benefits to the health and well being of the many spaces we live and work in with a research led approach and demonstrable results.
What spaces can be improved:
Using Biophilic Design principles our research indicates improvements to:
- Office design: productivity can be increased by 8%, rates of well-being up by 13%, increases in creativity, with reduced absenteeism and presenteeism
- Education spaces: increased rates of learning 20-25%, improved test results, concentration levels and attendance, reduced impacts of ADHD.
- Healthcare spaces: post-operative rates of recovery reduced by 8.5%, reduced pain medication by 22%, improved conditions for patients, staff and visitors alike.
- Retail: increased numbers of visitors, plus improved sales and an extended duration of visit per customer. Create spaces your customers want to visit and enjoy spending time in.
- Homes: can become more calming, restorative, invigorating and energy efficient with improved overall health & well-being. These benefits create happier healthier spaces benefiting home owners and businesses alike.
What we do
Improve health and well being
Psychological and physiological health & well being are essential to optimising productivity, creativity and happiness within the built environment. Our methods focus on creating spaces that take a “whole human” approach ensuring physical, mental, social and emotional needs are optimised.
Utilising the whole human methodology combined with a biophilic design strategy we measure existing base levels to define a brief. We demonstrate tangible financial benefits through the delivery of a human centred design approach, creating happier healthier spaces to live and work in.
Improve the triple bottom line
We create benefits to the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit. An enhanced human focused sustainable approach increases staff health and well-being, moral, productivity and cognitive functioning.
Reduce energy use
More efficient buildings are also more comfortable spaces to live and work in. We combine user education programs and energy efficient technology to create greater energy savings. We reduce gas use through insulation, draught reduction and electrical use through the implementation of energy efficient technologies.
Improve air quality
We improve air quality through technology, natural ventilation systems, the use of toxin free materials and the use of plants. This reduces impacts of Sick Building Syndrome and absenteeism, plus increases concentration levels, and the reduction of toxins in materials.
Reduce water use
Careful specification of products can significantly reduce water usage levels by over one third from the UK average of 250 litres of water/ person / day. We utilise water optimisation appliances, grey water systems and behavioural change programs to create improved efficiencies