WELL v2™ Adds Focus to Circadian Rhythms
How can we make healthier buildings?
As we celebrate Earth Day, It’s a good time to look at how we can make healthier buildings. The WELL Building Standard™ – launched in 2014 by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) to promote further understandings of how buildings affect health – has unveiled its pilot Well v2 with better data and more research.
One thing is clear; understanding the circadian rhythm and how it affects our sleep cycles and our health is an important part of meeting the WELL v2 standard. The IWBI points out studies that support our long-held beliefs:
- Rooms with large, sun-facing windows reduce recovery time for patients suffering from severe depression and those recuperating from heart attacks, compared to similarly afflicted patients in rooms with windows facing buildings or other obstructions.
- Reduced exposure to daylight has been linked to the onset of depression and impairment of cognitive function in individuals. Full-spectrum daylight, including blue wavelengths, during the day is key to maintaining proper circadian rhythm.
- There are strong links between better views, brighter light and better performance in office environments.
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