At Salvedge we collaborate with a network of proven experts and professionals from around the country in Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Birmingham, Sheffield, Bristol and London...
We can then create a bespoke Design Team with the combined knowledge, skills and experience to provide the following:
Biophilic and Salutogenic Design Strategies for improving the Health and Wellbeing of a building’s occupants
Undertaking of Health and Wellbeing Audits of a company’s employees with HR depts
Aligning Biophilic & Salutogenic Design Strategies with Architects or Designers concepts for improving building design – using rating systems BREEAM, WELL Standards and best practice.
Taking our cue from the Biophilic Patterns, Lighting Design solutions to help balance Circadian Rhythms and enhancement of interior planting/landscaping
Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modelling of Indoor Air Quality
Life Cycle Assessments of materials, finishes and products
Circular Economy, Zero Carbon, Ethical Supply Chain transitioning strategies
Recommendations for Active and Living Wall interior planting installations
Academic standard Applied Research, Workshops and Seminars in any combinations of the above
Why Biophilic Design Matters
In his 1984 ‘Biophilia Hypothesis', eminent US biologist Edward O Wilson proposed that humans share a deep seated desire to be with nature, and that exposure to the natural world is therefore important for human health and well-being. Nowhere better for clear evidence of this is in Japan, where Shinrin Yoku (Forest Bathing Therapy), has been a cornerstone of their medicine since the 1980s.
Evidence based research further indicates that it is becoming increasingly clear that biophilia has a real and measurable impact on improving human performance metrics such as productivity, physiological as well as psychological health and well-being, stress reduction, creativity and learning.
Also, with the finite limitations of many of our natural resources creeping even closer every year; as well as biophilia, we also promote Cradle to Cradle (C2C) principles. In which we align biophilic design strategies with the Circular Economy, for helping prolong the life cycle of a building.
The Benefits of Biophilia in Workplaces
3 Biophilic patterns have research that shows a reduction in stress when included in workplaces.
6 Biophilic patterns improve cognitive performance, attentiveness and concentration.
11 of the 14 Biophilic patterns provide a general improvement in staff well-being, sense of place and happiness.
5 Biophilic patterns reduce blood pressure and heart rate.
All of the above benefit not only in generally improving staff well-being and therefore staff retention.
Also in reducing absence because of poor health and sickness and improving productivity for a return on investment.
Multiple studies show that a happy workforce is a more productive workforce and one that is loyal and willing to work harder for their company.
Plants in the workplace provide a two fold benefit, not only do they promote a pleasant and relaxed working environment but they can also help maintain a clean indoor air quality.
Studies show a 20% reduction in dust particles when plants are introduced into an office space and an increase in productivity by 10-15%.