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Health + Well-being

A person’s physical, mental and emotional state

People spend up to 90% of their time indoors, where the number of pollutants can be as much as 100 times higher than outdoors. In China alone, indoor air pollution reportedly has contributed to a 40% increase in incidences of asthma in recent years.1 The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists indoor air pollution as one of the top five environmental risks to public health2 and estimates that unhealthy indoor environments cause thousands of cancer deaths and hundreds of thousands of respiratory health problems every year.3 Treating Sick Building Syndrome (SBS),4 acute health effects resulting from time spent indoors, costs the US tens of billions in healthcare expenses every year.5

Buildings can pose a serious threat to health, but designers can combat this by creating healthier places. Providing abundant natural light, fresh air, and connection to the outdoors all promote better health and wellbeing, and various studies show that smart design can reduce the incidence of ailments, such headaches, asthma, flu, and fatigue, by up to 50%.6