Architects primed to meet owner demand for healthy buildings

SmartMarket Report: The Drive Toward Healthier Buildings 2016

VMDO - Buckingham County Primary and Elementary Schools

The Carter G. Woodson Education Complex, a primary and elementary school campus in Buckingham County, Virginia, is the product of years of research from public health scientists and VMDO Architects.

“From my perspective, the return on investment component of green buildings is starting to get proven. Where we’re really making strides now is in the data and proof in promoting healthier and more productive buildings that we live, work, and play in.” - Lisa Bate, Intl. Assoc. AIA, regional managing principal of North America, B+H Architects

Architects may underestimate the importance of healthy buildings to owners, but they are focusing on it in their own design work. According to the new report, “The Drive Toward Healthier Buildings 2016” by Dodge Data & Analytics, 74 percent of architects consider building impacts influential in their design decisions. Furthermore, they align with owners in their other influence factors: costs, aesthetics, and performance.

Architects already integrate strategies that impact health at higher levels than other industry players. These strategies improve air quality, emotional/mental health, physical activity, and access to outdoors. At the same time, they also increasingly appeal to owners and represent a growing market segment. This report documents the enormous opportunity to help clients make decisions that positively impact human health throughout the built environment.

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VMDO - Buckingham County Primary and Elementary Schools

Alan Karchmer