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
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
According to the study, home and facility owners need more comprehensive data to support investments in healthier building practices and products. So it's not surprising that credible information is the third most critical factor for design and building professionals emphasizing design's effects on health impacts, as reported by 38 percent of those surveyed in both the residential and nonresidential building sectors.
In the nonresidential sector, greater public awareness, at 43 percent, and greater owner demand, at 45 percent, rank second and first, respectively. Similarly owner demand, at 63 percent, tops the list of factors prompting residential designers and architects to stress the need for healthier buildings. The second greatest factor is stricter regulations.
"The research in this report shows that interior designers and architects are leading other players in the focus they are putting on health in their work planned over the next few years," says
Residential designers most often turn to material provided by product manufacturers for data about the connection between health and homes. Those same designers use data provided by associations at the second highest rate, with 75 percent using it at least sometimes and 30 percent using it often.
By contrast, architects and designers, 79 percent, cite television as the top source from which the general public learns about healthy design. They list consumer magazines next at 66 percent and product labels and websites third at 30 percent.
Each source possesses its own challenges in reaching the general public. To overcome those deficits,
"The Drive Toward Healthier Buildings" was produced by
Visit asid.org/healthybuildingdesign to download the ASID Interior Designer Data Excerpt of "The Drive Toward Healthier Buildings" or the full SmartMarket Report.
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