This month, we have a guest post from the team at Straight North, discussing biophilic design in the workplace. The infographic below discusses the benefits, elements and implementation of a biophilic design in the workplace. Going green and creating a more natural interior design can greatly enhance productivity and employee engagement.
The Elements of Biophilic Design
When developers and designers think about a green building, their first thoughts are probably of energy efficiency. There’s no arguing that advanced HVAC systems, renewable energy sources and adequate insulation are critical components of sustainable architecture, but they’re also behind-the-scenes.
With a few exceptions, most eco-friendly construction efforts go unnoticed by the people who use these spaces every day. On the other hand, biophilic design can contribute to a property’s sustainability while also having a direct, positive impact on the human beings who inhabit it.
Simply put, biophilic design seeks to bring elements of the outdoors, indoors. This can be accomplished in many ways, including increasing the amount of natural light, adding plants and adopting décor that use more naturalistic shapes and forms.
Biophilic design has been found to enhance businesses including hospitals, retail stores and schools because it can create a calming, comfortable environment. Numerous industries and institutions understand the value of putting their customers and clients at ease. The good news is that it is relatively simple to implement biophilic principles into a building’s interior design.
If you want to incorporate biophilic design into your space, consider adding more natural textures and colors when decorating rooms. The use of construction materials such as stone, wood and perforated metal also contribute to a more organic-feeling indoor area.
To learn more about this way of thinking and how it might benefit your property, take a look at the accompanying infographic. It contains more information that could make your building a pleasant, greener place to be.
Author bio: Roni Cohen is a third-generation family member of Accurate Perforating. He started in a sales role and has developed into Director of Marketing. Roni and his brother, Daniel, are looking to lead the company into the next generation.