DESIGNING AND OPTIMIZING BUILDINGS FOR HUMANS TO THRIVE
Environmental Design Consultant for Wellness - a holistic approach to health in the built environment.
We spend over 90% of our time indoors. This has a profound impact on our health, happiness, productivity and wellbeing.
DESIGNING OUR THIRD SKIN
Design Systems for Life was founded on the idea that the built environment has a direct and profound impact not only on human health but on our ability to thrive. By focusing on the people in the building, we can create structures and spaces that improve well-being and happiness as well as capitalize on increased productivity and savings generated through these improvements. At their best, our buildings and communities are powerful promoters of health and well-being. At their worst, they contribute to some of the key public health concerns of modern society, from asthma to cancer to obesity. This human-centered approach to building design will serve as our fundamental legacy that we can pass on to future generations and one that we can implement for relatively low costs.
Design Systems to Support Health, Happiness, & Productivity
In October 2014, Design Systems For Life founder Shannon Hall went to New Orleans to attend the roll out for a new movement in sustainable building design, developed by the International Well Building Institute (IWBI) and Delos Living. Design Systems For Life is proud to be among the first firms to support the WELL Building Standard, a new protocol for design and construction that codifies best practices and presents a performance-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and well-being. It provides resources for designing and building towards healthy environments and a framework to measure and evaluate the human and financial impact.
The LEED Connection & Rating Buildings For Human Health
Building industry professionals who are familiar with and see the value of LEED certification will find that WELL certification fits seamlessly into the same process from the perspective of implementation. The WELL Building Standards have been modeled after LEED and overlaps some of LEED’s metrics. There is a good reason for this close relationship. The International WELL Building Insitute (IWBI) was launched in 2013 and has partnered with the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), the organization responsible for LEED certification according to the standards of the USGBC, who is now providing third-party certification for the WELL Building Standard.
Design Systems for Life Founder Shannon Hall has earned a provisional WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP) credential through the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), placing her among the first class of elite professionals who are dedicated to supporting human health and wellbeing in the built environment. Hosted at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, the two-day inaugural workshop introduced the purpose, key components and structure of the WELL Building Standard – the first building standard to focus on the health and wellness of the people in buildings. Industry experts and medical instructors guided attendees through it’s medical basis as well as the standard’s design, implementation and certification requirements.
Design Systems For Life will collaborate with design firms, companies and developers that wish to implement the WELL Building Standards on their projects. WELL AP designer Shannon Hall can embed with your design team to implement this protocol from the design and development process through to commissioning.
Our modern healthcare system focuses on addressing health after sickness has already struck a person. But with the increased prevalence of chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer—not to mention the immense costs of treating these ailments—the healthcare community has put more and more emphasis on lifestyle-oriented and preventative approaches to health. The WELL Building Standard provides a way to apply this line of thinking to the built environment and has emerged through a rigorous three-part peer review process.Brian Barth