AIA Study Finds Health Impacts Becoming A Design Priority for Architects & Owners

AIA Study Finds Health Impacts Becoming A Design Priority for Architects & Owners, Center for Sustainable Landscapes / The Design Alliance Architects. Image © Denmarsh Photography
Center for Sustainable Landscapes / The Design Alliance Architects. Image © Denmarsh Photography

A recent study conducted by Dodge Data & Analytics with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has found that architects and building owners are beginning to place higher priority of the impacts of design decisions on human health. Nearly 75% of architects and 67% of owners responded that healthconsiderations now play a role in how their buildings are designed, indicating that healthy environments have become an important tool in marketing to tenants and consumers.

According to the report, the five healthy building features most often used by architects include:

  • Better lighting/daylighting exposure
  • Products that enhance thermal comfort
  • Spaces that enhance social interaction
  • Enhanced air quality
  • Products that enhance acoustical comfort

The findings align with the goals of the AIA’s Design and Health initiative, which strives to improve healthoutcomes for people and communities while enhancing well-being, safety and environmental quality.

For more highlights from the report, visit the AIA’s website here, or download the report in full, here.

News via the American Institute of Architects.

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