Sustainable Design Features That Improve User Experience, Health, And Productivity
“In recent years, there’s been a growing discussion among architects, designers, and engineers around the office environment and its impact on productivity and absenteeism,” says DLR Group Principal Amarpreet Sethi, BEMP, HBDP. Sethi leads DLR Group’s High Performance Design Team.
Daylighting is a large part of what provides people access to the natural environment. Use daylight and biophilia forms and patterns to enhance user experience and reduce lighting energy consumption. Confidential Technology Client workplace in Kirkland, Washington by DLR Group. Photo by Sam Van Fleet.
Indoor environmental quality factors such as views, daylighting, indoor air quality, and thermal comfort have all been shown to have significant positive impacts on employee health and performance. These design features should consistently be integrated in your workspace, focusing on strategies proven to improve the user experience and owner operations.
Sethi articulates what the research says about these four major impact areas and explores design best practices to unlock the interrelated performance benefits of sustainable design.