Nearly three quarters of U.S. architects say the health impacts of buildings are influencing their design decisions. That finding parallels a strong market demand by building owners, with a solid two-thirds surveyed also reporting that health considerations affect how they design and construct buildings.
These findings and others were recently released in a new report, The Drive Toward Healthier Buildings 2016 by Dodge Data & Analytics, in partnership with Delos and the Canada Green Building Council, and with the participation of the American Institute of Architects as a critical research advisor and partner.
According to the report, the top five healthier building features implemented 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
Use of nearly all of these is expected to grow considerably, the report found.
The findings suggest electric lighting and daylighting will play a leading role in this trend.
Check out the report here.