Biophilia, the innate human attraction to nature, is a concept that has been recognized for several decades by the scientific and design communities, and intuitively for hundreds of years by the population at large. Biophilic design has often been regarded as a luxury for property owners who want the best possible workplace for their employees, or who want to showcase their efforts to be more environmentally responsible. In reality, improving well-being through biophilia can impact productivity costs and the bottom line.
Integrating nature into the built environment is not just a luxury but above all a sound economic investment in the health and productivity of people. Biophilic design reduces stress, increases cognitive function and creativity, improves well-being and speeds up the healing of diseases. These are benefits which are required more and more amidst our increasing urbanisation and can prevent economic losses running into billions in the face of increasing work demands.
Living walls are the perfect antidote to incorporating nature into the healthcare environment, supporting biophilic design and bringing nature direct to patients and staff alike, what would the economic impact be on the NHS if we incorporated these features into our hospitals? How much quicker would patients be discharged? How much less stress would employees experience? How much better would the users of healthcare buildings feel? The power and input that nature can unleash is and remains unique.
If you require guidance on how to incorporate nature into your building, please do not hesitate to contact Scotscape for advice and guidance.
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