The creation of healthier indoor environments is receiving increased attention in the specification and design of buildings. The evidence-based design movement in health care stipulates that designs incorporate scientific evidence in the pursuit of healthier environments.
The quest for human health in design is expanding to other building types such as schools and offices, and is considered by many to be a follow-up movement to the current focus on sustainability. Recent research at the University of British Columbia and FPInnovations has provided evidence of a link between wood visual surfaces and stress reactivity in occupants of the built environment. The study concludes that the presence of wood indoors reduces stress and promotes better long-term health.
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