Wood, Well-being and Performance: The Human and Organizational Benefits of Wood Buildings

Biophilic design and the impacts on health

A synthesis of global research on the health impacts of using wood and natural materials in our buildings.

Authored by Dr. Graham Lowe, Wood, Well-being and Performance: The Human and Organizational Benefits of Wood Buildings summarizes the latest scientific research and converging trends on biophilic design.

It explores wood’s impact on well-being and human performance when it is a design feature visible to a building’s occupants. Architects, interior designers, researchers, civic leaders, facility managers and anyone interested in developing and supporting healthy and productive learning, working and healing environments can benefit from this latest resource.

Samuel Brighouse Elementary School
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Wood, Well-being and Performance: The Human and Organizational Benefits of Wood Buildings

This report examines the use of wood in offices, healthcare facilities, schools and other commercial and institutional buildings by synthesizing state-of-the-art knowledge from research literature. The report also suggests future actions that decision-makers can take to monitor and evaluate the human and organizational impacts of wood building structures and interiors.