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Building with wood is healthier

Recent studies indicate that buildings with a high level of wood content have a positive physiological impact on the human nervous system.

David Fell, research leader for market research at FPInnovations in Canada, said that the use of wood indoors lowers stress reactivity of the sympathetic nervous system—which is associated with lower blood pressure, lower heart-rate, lower psychological stress, lower susceptibility to illness, and a better ability to focus attention.

This is relevant both in the context of evidence-based design, which studies the effects of building design on occupants (among other things), and biopholic design, which considers the general affinity humans have for nature and addresses it through design elements and materials.

David Fell’s study ‘Wood and Human Health’ establishes a link between wood and human health. This result opens the door to a myriad of stress-related health benefits that the presence of wood may afford in the built environment. 

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The Ultimate Test for Design: Does it Cause Health. 

Through FWPA’s WoodSolutions brand and in collaboration with the Australian Institute of Architects, we are pleased to announce a 3-State tour by Tye Farrow, Award-Winning Architect from Canada in March this year.

Tye’s presentation topic is “The Ultimate Test for Design: Does it Cause Health.  “In addition to the environmental, structural and cost advantages, wood construction makes people feel better. When we build with wood we are bringing connections to life and optimism into every day experience.  What we hear from our clients is that the prominent use of wood raises people’s spirits and helps reduce stress”, said Tye.

“The demand for health-causing design can now be compared to previous public health campaigns, such as smoking awareness, said Eileen Newbury, Marketing Manager for FWPA.

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Posted Date: February 4, 2015

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