G01 - The Biology, Physics and Epistemology of Wellness Design

Friday, November 22 from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM | B208 « Back

Abstract Text:

As the environmental leader David W. Orr suggests, the standard for ecological design is neither efficiency nor productivity but health. Our industry is quickly shifting to one that demands health-related data analytics into pre- and post-design stages. This shift is fundamentally changing the methods of design, delivery and verification. HDR, Delos and the 428 Minneapolis (WELL Gold) will provide insight into how to integrate health into design by examining the biology, physics, and measured impacts of a WELL Building.

First, we will examine the basic WELL concept areas and how they can affect our human biology through impacts on the respiratory, auditory, integumentary, skeletal, nervous, and cardiovascular systems.

Second, we will discuss the constraints that design puts on incorporating research on human biology in buildings into practice. HDR will illustrate Computational Design and HDR’s parametric Health and Wellness Tool that is used in early design stages to verify health metrics associated with factors such as light, acoustics, comfort and biophilia. The tools will be presented with project case studies and a description of how they are changing the standard design engagement:

The 428 Minneapolis client will present the design and business philosophy behind the WELL Gold project. The 428 project is WELL Gold certified project that facilitates wellness-focused, flexible workplaces. From a developer’s perspective, the idea of wellness requires justification to entice tenants and achieve a return on investment. The 428 client will discuss the business case for WELL Certification for the project.

Using the 428 building as a launching point, we will dive in to methods used to evaluate health impacts of the built environment, as well as inherent tensions between design research and biomedical/public health research. Several specific examples will be based on empirical data collected by Delos / the International Well Building Institute and HDR Research. This session is sponsored by IWBI

Learning Objectives:

Understand which parametric design tools can be used to evaluate wellness indicators in early stages of design much like that of an early stage energy model.

Heard directly from the Developer of the 428 Minneapolis project to learn how wellness design elements are sold and justified to the building end users.

Understand how a Health and Wellness tool was applied to a WELLv1 Gold Certified project to evaluate wellness metrics and WELLv1 Building compliance in early stages

Presented with concrete Health and Wellness Post Occupancy Evaluation data collected by Delos / the International Well Building Institute and the HDR research group.

Learning Level:





GBCI Credit Hours:
1.5 GBCI
AIA Credit Hours:
LEED Specific:
WELL Specific, LEED Specific: BD+C
Well/LEED Specific:
WELL Specific, LEED Specific: BD+C

Education Tracks: Health and Wellbeing: Building for People

Event Type: Conference Session > Session