Health and Happiness
PETAL INTENT The intent of the Health + Happiness Petal is to create healthy spaces that allow all species to thrive by connecting people to nature and ensuring that our indoor spaces have healthy air and natural daylight. Many developments provide substandard conditions for health, with over fifty percent of global office workers having no access to daylight. Research studies show that a connection to nature has a direct effect on people’s productivity, their creativity and their ability to counter stress. Ensuring healthy environments does not rely just on the moment that the building is open, it requires continuous monitoring and diligence to ensure that alterations to systems over time do not diminish people’s health. IDEAL CONDITIONS + CURRENT LIMITATIONS The Living Building Challenge envisions a nourishing, highly productive and healthy built environment where everyone has fresh air, daylight, views outside and can be connected to the weather, the seasons and the time of day. However, even the best available solutions require acceptance and engagement by the occupants and the project owner. For buildings to be healthy over time takes a commitment from the project occupants and owners.