Recent research from neuroscience and endocrinology show the crucial role that experiencing nature has for our physiological well-being. Implementing biophilic design into our workplaces, healthcare system, educational environments and communities is not just a nice amenity. It has profound economic benefits. It is now imperative that we bring nature into our built environment.
The benefits of biophilia span many sectors. From the evidence presented, biophilic elements show productivity increases among staff when provided with nature in the workplace, with economic benefits ranging from $1,000 per employee to $3.6 million company-wide.
In the US alone, the $2.5 trillion healthcare industry, simply increasing views from hospital beds to nature could yield over $93 million in annual savings nationwide as patients require less time in the hospital to recover from major surgery. The significant nationwide healthcare savings in recovery from these surgeries alone indicates that testing the effects of biophilia in other areas of healthcare is a worthwhile and potentially lucrative attempt. ‘
Retail shops with natural greenery and daylighting consistently yield higher profit margins than their dim counterparts, offering a 12% competitive advantage for shops with more greenery and 40% for quality daylighting.
Children, the most vulnerable yet influential members of society, have been found to improve their test scores by 7-26% and have fewer absences from school when they are given access to daylighting.
Humans have evolved and progressed along with nature and its systems. Because of this, the human mind and body function with improved efficiency when natural elements are present. Innerwealth harvests the benefits of Biophilic design which optimise productivity, healing time, learning functions, and community cohesion as the perfect partnering mechanism for business vendors, hospital owners, school administrators, contractors, and city planners alike who are seeking to reap maximal value through development and design.
There’s significant evidence of Nature Deficit Disorder and we have the responsibility and skills to arrest it. NDD impacts schools, business, health, hospitals, communities, crime rates and more. Biophilic design is a genuine answer.
The network of communities that span the World can economically benefit from the presence of nature, from reduced crime levels to the reduced need for medication among members of the community.