The Health Impact of the Internal Built Environment
Opportunity - Environment
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A growing body of literature is confirming what architects and managers have known for years: the internal built environment impacts both productivity and sense of wellbeing. This has led to an emerging trend of transforming indoor environments into spaces that help nurture, sustain and promote human health and well-being, with a growing number of employers and real estate developers striving to follow more than 100 best practice guidelines in the WELL Building Standard™ (WELL). A research center called the Well Living Lab™ has been created to test the impact of different forms of lighting, sound, air composition and flow, temperature, humidity, colors, room layout, traffic flow and other factors on sense of wellbeing and biometric measures of health. This session will review the growing scientific foundation guiding this work, efforts to improve the quality of the research, and strategies to implement findings in an economically sustainable way.
After 18 years on Wall Street, including 10 at Goldman Sachs as a Partner, Paul Scialla’s interest in sustainability and altruistic capitalism led him to found Delos, which is merging the world’s largest asset class – real estate – with the world’s fastest growing industry – wellness. Since the company’s inception, Paul has become a leading voice in the sustainability movement, serving as a keynote speaker at prominent green building, real estate, and technology forums and conferences around the world.
Paul is also the Founder of the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), which administers the WELL Building Standard® globally to improve human health and wellbeing through the built environment, a member of the Board of Directors for the Chopra Foundation, and a founding board member of the JUST Capital Foundation. Paul graduated from New York University with a degree in finance, and he currently resides in New York City.