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‘Biophilic Design’ or ‘Nature Connected Design’ is the practice of connecting humans to nature on physical, mental and social levels – which can affect personal wellbeing, productivity and societal relationships.

Due to the changing culture, it is not always possible to spend time outdoors, particularly in schools, workplaces and hospitals. Our need to spend time in nature has be termed ‘biophilia’ and explains our innate need to connect with the natural world.

The Make It Wood ‘Nature Inspired Design’ Report explains that there are multiple physical and psychological benefits identified when using wooden interiors, such as:

  • Improved air quality through humidity moderation
  • Reduced blood pressure, heart rate and stress levels
  • Improvement’s to a person’s emotional state and level of self-expression

Planet Ark have highlighted Marist College as a prime example of nature connected design due to the selection of Glulam (SUPA17) and LVL trusses along with other natural materials. Get an insight into this sustainable project here.

Learn more about this rapidly growing topic at the Wood Solutions Biophilic Seminar.
Event Details
Date: Tuesday 10th April 2018
Venue: Library at the Dock, Docklands
Time: 12.30 – 5pm (registration from 12.15)
CPD: 4.0 informal CPD points available
Cost: FREE to all building professionals
For more information or to RSVP, click on the event flyer here.

 

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