When designing new buildings, or refurbishing existing ones for that matter, we often go through a 'value engineering' process and quite often equate 'cost' to 'value'. Not only that, we also restrict 'cost' to 'capital cost'.
Bit by bit, step by step, 'life cycle cost' is becoming a more common analysis that captures the benefits of sustainable buildings in operation. But there are other costs that are now starting to be linked to how we design and build our buildings...
The WELL Building Standard takes a 'human-centered' approach to improve the health and well-being of building users and, as a consequence, their productivity (or in the case of schools, their learning).
Should we bring together the WELL Building Standard approach and the Soft Landings framework?
Which reminds me that I should write about Soft Landings next!
Industry is looking fast at the Health & Wellbeing movement for several key reasons. Firstly, the elusive and mythical creature, which we call ‘productivity’ is showing its face more and more and, finally, we have some numbers (£££) to go with it.