Research is confirming what many already inherently know: being exposed to nature—and natural organic materials—not only calm one’s mind, it may also have a role in preventing and treating disease.
“We are wired to recognize things in nature that benefit us. For most of our evolution, humans have had a close relationship to trees and wood, so it’s only natural that its visible presence has a positive effect on our well-being.”
David Fell, former Research Leader, FPInnovations.
The approach sometimes referred to as biophilia or biophilic design, suggests that wood is a good choice for health-care environments. It’s also considered hypoallergenic, as its smooth surfaces are easy to clean.
Wood harvested from sustainably managed forests provides high-quality design solutions. It’s well-suited for economical and timely construction — notably in hard to reach places, including downtown sites and remote locations.