Workplace Design

Daylighting-Bias and Biophilia: Quantifying the Impact of Daylighting on Occupants Health

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The biophilia hypothesis suggests that there is an instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems [1]. Following on Edward Wilson’s (1984) seminal text “Biophilia” many building designers adopted these ideas to green buildings. Despite the popularity of the concept, the biophilia hypothesis in buildings remains largely contested due to lack of empirical body of knowledge that supports it [2;3]. This study investigated the relationship between dynamic lighting quality, views from windows, and health of office workers. It also attempts to place a value on windows and daylighting in the workplace by linking their degree of availability to sick leave of office workers and Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) symptoms. In addition, the study investigated the meditational effects, such as, stress levels, and hypersensitivities between the availability of biophilic features in the environment and their impact on sick leave and health of office workers.

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