Biophilic design means more nature in our daily lives. More and more folks yearn to get reconnected with their natural surroundings.  Wool insulation is one of many ways to establish a daily connection.

What is Biophilic Design?

Biophilic design is a practice that, frankly, we should all be more familiar with. It very simply calls for more nature in our daily lives. We are inherently drawn to nature – crashing waves and raging rivers inspire awe while simple strolls in the park are hugely restorative.  The known effects of biophilic design are on the rise: reduced stress, improved brain function and general wellbeing. The folks at Terrapin Bright Green may say it best:

The last decade has seen a steady growth in work around and the intersections of neuroscience and architecture, both in research and in practice; even green building standards have begun to incorporate biophilia, predominantly for its contribution to indoor environmental quality and connection to place.  Popular texts, such as Last Child in the Woods, Healing Spaces,The Shape of Green, Your Brain on Nature, and “The Economics of Biophilia”, are bringing the conversation mainstream, helping the public grapple with modern society’s dependency on technology and persistent disconnect with nature. Most recently, biophilic design is being championed as a complementary strategy for addressing workplace stress, student performance, patient recovery, community cohesiveness and other familiar challenges to health and overall well-being.”

As believers in this practice we live to these standards and offer others an easy decision to enhance their own personal environment.  Havelock Wool insulation creates a connection to nature, manages moisture, controls temperature and increases indoor air quality by bonding with harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde

Imagine the transgression of the photos below becoming a part of your everyday living environment.

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Mother nature’s influence in our built environment is increasing thanks to people like you. As we’ve written before, we cannot solely rely on architects, builders or insulation contractors to effect serious change.  These decisions need to be driven by the individual consumer. Your decisions multiply across cross sections of society and are helping a biophilic existence become much more mainstream…. which is a good thing, a really good thing.

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2 comments on “More Nature: It’s good for you, really good!

  • I just recently learned about this approach to design, but am very interested in it and will continue to learn as much as possible and ideally incorporate it into my designs. Also, thanks again for the hat. I wear it proudly on the weekends and hope it will strike up a conversation.

  • Andrew,
    Have you seen the Bullitt Center, Seattle, WA case study. Solar Design Associates, Harvard, MA was involved with the solar roof. Pretty impressive build-out.
    http://www.bullittcenter.org
    “The goal of the Bullitt Center is to drive change in the marketplace faster and further by showing what’s possible today. The era of harm reduction, half steps, and lesser evils is behind us. As a society, we need to be bold in ways that were once unimaginable.”

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