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What is Design for Well-being®?

For us, design for well-being is about understanding how every aspect of a building’s design can be harnessed to improve the health and well-being of the building’s occupants: from air and water filtration, lighting design and building materials, through to space planning, furniture and planting. We ensure that all of these elements are considered in the design process, using our unique Design for Well-being® framework and the WELL Building Standard. Our overall aim is to help clients create healthy buildings, which actively support their health and well-being.

 

We believe that buildings should be functional and comfortable, affordable to run, built sustainably, and enable you to lead the life that you want to live. They should grow with you, inspire you, contribute to your health and wellbeing, and be able to adapt and change to your needs.

Our unique design framework is based on 7 core principles dedicated to improving the quality of life and human experience in buildings, and is the starting point for all our advice. It is based on the WELL Building Standard™ principles and scientific research from global institutions such as the World Health Organisation.

We are constantly questioning how buildings can help us to lead healthier, happier lives, finding design solutions to support this, and applying these to our client’s projects. Our ambition is to lead the construction industry in design for well-being services and the adoption of the WELL Building Standard™ across use classes, to create healthier buildings and communities for future generations.

Roof of the Guildford United Reform Church. Barber, Bundy & Greenfield, 1965. Key reference for form of Ori House roof. Photo: Spencer Wilton

Ekkist Design for Well-being® Framework

REST

Sleep and rest play a vital role in our physical and mental health, and can affect issues including productivity, mood, energy levels and our immune systems. Well-designed buildings can support healthy circadian rhythms and create better environments for sleep and rest

NUTRITION

The design and operation of buildings can have a significant effect on how and what we eat and drink. With our diet playing such a key role in our health, it is important that we create places which better support a healthy approach and better access to nourishing food and encourage hydration

FITNESS

Regular exercise has a significant impact on both our physical and mental health, affecting almost every system in our bodies. If designed and managed properly, buildings and masterplans can encourage more active lifestyles and make it easier for people to integrate movement and exercise into their daily lives

COMFORT

Personal comfort includes a range of factors, from temperature, acoustics, lighting and ergonomics, to privacy and our sense of control over our environment. These important topics can not only affect how we feel within a space, but can have long-term health impacts on things like stress levels and heart health

TOXICOLOGY

The materials we use in buildings play a major role in our health outcomes. Toxicity can arise from a range of sources such as outdoor air quality, building materials and furnishings, incoming water supply and chemical products we use in our daily lives. These have the potential to cause a range of health problems including lung diseases, cancers, autoimmune conditions, allergies and the build-up of toxins in our bodies.

PSYCHOLOGY

Neuroscientists and psychologists can demonstrate with clear scientific data that the design, appearance and layout of spaces has a significant impact on our mental well-being, happiness and even decision-making. It is key that we design buildings and places that support better psychological health, boost productivity and help people to thrive

SOCIAL

Social connection to others is a major determinant of health outcomes and morbidity rates, with data showing loneliness can be as harmful to us as smoking or obesity. Designing and operating buildings with awareness of this can enhance social interaction and combat occupant loneliness and isolation

At Ekkist, we use the WELL Building Standard as the starting point for our design and consultancy services. Based on years of scientific research (view our bookshelf of collated research), the standard provides a framework for the design of buildings to benefit human health and well-being.

We can provide guidance on design for well-being, whether you wish to achieve certification or simply use the framework as the starting point for your design.

THE WELL BUILDING STANDARD™

The WELL Building Standard specifies how the design and function of buildings can be optimised in order to advance human health and well-being. The most recent of the WELL Building Standard (WELL v2) covers 10 concepts: Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Movement, Thermal Comfort, Sound, Materials, Mind and Community. It can be used in conjunction with other building standards, such as LEED and BREEAM®, due to similarities in their requirements.

We are qualified to act as the WELL Building Standard Accredited Professional (WELL AP), leading the coordinated effort on behalf of the client, to achieve WELL Building Standard certification. We act as a consultant, working alongside project architects, contractors, engineers and other technical team members to collate and submit the necessary documentation for successful WELL Building Standard accreditation.

Alternatively, we can simply help you and your project team to incorporate key elements from the standard which are suited to your goals, budget, project and approach.

Chantry Wood, Surrey. Photo: Spencer Wilton

OUR SERVICES

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Build

Joint projects with landowners, investors and joint venture partners

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Blueprint

Building blueprints for self-builders and developers

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Bespoke

Design for well-being consultancy services for individuals, developers, institutions and organisations

EKKIST SPEAKING AT EVENTS

Upcoming Events

No events scheduled due to COVID-19

 

Past Events

Wellness & Property

16 September 2020

Online Seminar hosted by Knight Frank

 

Architect @ Work UK Conference

29 January 2020

The Brewery, London

‘HEALTH & WELLBEING IN OUR HOMES AND TOWNS’

Homes UK Future of Living

27 November 2019

ExCel, London

 

RICS HEALTHY BUILDINGS FORUM

29 October 2019

RICS, London

 

‘HOW WELL ARE WE DOING AT WELLBEING & WELL BUILDINGS?’

RESI Convention

13 September 2019

Celtic Manor, Newport

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‘HEALTHY PLACES, HEALTHY PEOPLE – WELLNESS IN REAL ESTATE’

WEWORK & CREATION

2 APRIL 2019

WEWORK AVIATION HOUSE

 

RICS REGIONAL CONFERENCE – NEWMARKET

‘WORKPLACE WELLBEING’

RICS

28 MARCH 2019

ROWLEY MILE CONFERENCE CENTRE

 

WOOD AND WELLNESS CONFERENCE

TIMBER TRADES JOURNAL

13 FEBRUARY 2019

 HILTON LONDON TOWER BRIDGE

 

 

RICS REGIONAL CONFERENCE – CAMBRIDGE

‘THE PRINCIPLES OF BIOPHILIC DESIGN’

RICS

23 NOVEMBER 2018

WELLCOME TRUST GENOME CAMPUS, CAMBRIDGE

 

WOOD FOR GOOD WORKPLACE HAPPINESS: THE ART OF CREATING HAPPY WORKPLACES

ESPLAN

25 OCTOBER 2018

ÖPIKU CONFERENCE CENTER, ESTONIA

 

WOMEN IN PROPTECH CONFERENCE

‘FIRST MOVER ADVANTAGES AND CHALLENGES’

WIPT

18 OCTOBER 2018

TRAVTUS, 1 SAINT KATHARINE’S WAY

 

SUMMIT AUTUMN 2018

WOOD FOR GOOD

20 SEPTEMBER 2018

HEADSPACE, 19-21 HATTON GARDEN

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