The Health Impact of the Internal Built Environment

Opportunity - Environment

Phil Williams presentation on the impact of the internal built environment on health

Phil Williams

President, Commercial Business Development, Delos


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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.


Presenter Bio(s):

As President of Commercial Business Development at Delos.
, Phil Williams directs the business development and sales of health and wellness products and services for the commercial real estate market sector. Phil has spent 35 years in the commercial design, engineering and construction industry most recently as a Vice President with Webcor Builders where we initiated and lead the Sustainability, Engineering and Consulting groups. Prior to Webcor he held management positions with Southland Industries and Carrier/United Technologies Corp. He was the Industry Chair for the Center for the Built Environment (CBE) through the University of California Berkeley of eight years, is on the Board of Eco-Districts, serves on the Joint Steering Committee for the Well Living Laboratory (a Delos-Mayo Clinic research collaborative), is a founding member of the Industry Technical Advisory Group for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) FLEXLAB. Phil has an engineering degree from Washington State University, is a licensed Mechanical Engineer and a LEED AP.