FAD, FACT OR FICTION: Is health & wellbeing here to stay?

The evidence base is growing around us daily: the WHO reports of critical levels of pollution in our cities and the longer term, fatal impact on our populations.  Obesity abounds all around. Depression and mental health issues are at an all-time high.  Combined with the relatively new ability to both discuss, share and track every waking and sleeping moment in our lives, the more appropriate question is perhaps: Why would you not want to improve your workspace as much as your home? If we have a health sensor on our wrist or sitting room table, why would we not have one on our desk?

The confluence of evidence and population trends has brought this theme barrelling into the real estate sector.  To respond, practitioners must deploy the corresponding combination of evidence and experience:

Human Resources - bringing focus back onto a company’s most valuable and expensive asset, its workforce
Building Design - both external and internal architecture and fitouts need to embed personal and personnel requirements into the project from the very start
Physical Parameters – from ancient times, the environment’s impact on our species has been well-documented. In the 21st Century, a growing evidence base now underpins this knowledge and provides a basis for healthier operating procedures
Evidence-based decisions – the medical community is now converging with the real estate sector to provide empirical evidence on which to base decisions.
At its heart, the focus on health & wellbeing should re-balance building design and operation onto the end user, whether this is a residential, retail or office space.  With over 50% of the global population living in cities, building users are naturally starting to look to their homes and workplaces to protect them from the detrimental effects of our modern lives.

Fad? Nope.

Fact? For sure, and it looks like it is here to stay.

For a tailored programme to embed health and wellbeing throughout the complexities of a major development or internal move, please contact us on +44 20 7164 6416 or hello@building4health.com.