Healthy Homes

Posted by Chuck Harrell on Nov 23, 2015 10:55:00 AM

Interiors of offices can be made to be more hospitable and healthy with the installation of plants, better lighting, scrubbed air, and so on but, little is given to your home.

In recent years, there has been a boom in "wellness environments" in hotels and spas helping people escape their usual environments which make them ill.  These buildings filter air, purify water, use the best flicker free lighting, have soft pastel wall coloring, spa baths, and so on.  The company behind many of these centers is Delos, which, in partnership with Columbia university Medical Center, has spent four years viewing 4,000 scientific studies relating to health and the environment.  The results of this finding have now been compiled into a database which allows builders to determine what they need to design the healthiest homes and meet all WELL building standards.

The WELL building standard looks at such things as how space contributes to a person's wellness.  With over 100 required attributes such as the quality of air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind to meet the silver and gold standards for a building.  For each of the sections, there are several attributes which need to be met.  For example, in the light section, it looks at things such as the reflection of a surface and the circadian lighting design to help maintain our natural rhythms.  

While some sections, such as air quality, have so many outside interference, it may be difficult to measure and improve the overall mission to improve living standards and make us all a bit healthier.  If you're interested in reading the full report, you can download it here and start making some small changes that may make all the difference in your life.

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