With Ed Suttie, BRE and Oliver Heath, Oliver Heath Design
The Biophilic Office is a long-term research and demonstration project from BRE and Oliver Heath Design. As it moves into the next phase, conference delegates will be among the first to hear the early results.
The project refurbished an entire floor of an existing office building at BRE, using a variety of biophilic design methods to assess the value that Nature-inspired design brings to the wellbeing and productivity of office workers. The project spans two and a half years: in year one, current working conditions (indoor environment and occupants) were monitored and the office was then refurbished and the occupants returned to the office. During the final year the project focusses on analysing the impact the biophilic design strategies had on the workers.
Ed Suttie leads the Biophilic Office Project at BRE. He is passionate about material sustainability, health and wellbeing in the built environment, people, forestry, rural supply chains and the polar regions. In April 2016 he ski-trekked to the North Pole raising £60,000 for some amazing charities!
Oliver Heath is an architectural and interior designer and a recognised global expert in Biophilic Design. His work is expressed in number of mediums including the built environment, writing and the media, having worked for a number of television channels including BBC, ITV channel 4 and the National Geographic channel. His last book Urban Eco Chic (Quadrille) sold over 30,000 copies in 6 languages.