WELLBEING IN INTERIORS SEMINARS
GORD (GULF ORGANISATION FOR
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT)
QATAR GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL
The aims of the two sessions were to:
- Raise awareness of the importance of wellbeing issues;
- Provide support for QSAS Indoor Environment criteria.
The seminars were placed within the context of interior design and interior fit-out of (primarily) commercial spaces and were framed to:
- Define what it takes to improve and deliver interiors that respond to users’ wellbeing;
- Highlight the actions and issues that are required to implement each, particularly relating to the QSAS criteria;
- Elaborate on the knowledge under the issues (what a project should be including);
- Quantify the % gain that clients can benefit from applying wellbeing practices and the cost implication to clients’ businesses by not applying these.
The audiences included Project Owners/Developers from the Government and Private Sectors, Engineers, Contractors, Architects, Interior Designers, Quantity Surveyors etc.
Both seminars focused on environmental wellbeing issues and the effects of buildings on human health, employee productivity and organisational prosperity. Two main issues affecting wider adoption are a lack of awareness of the exact issues, and an inadequate understanding of the costs and value of practices that improve occupant wellbeing. Both seminars raised awareness of these issues and examined the case for sustainable interior design.
Many design factors such as those included in the QSAS Indoor Environment criteria – acoustics, air quality, colour, and lighting – can have a calculable impact on building occupants and ultimately the client’s financial performance. Job satisfaction, increased productivity, higher occupancy/lower absenteeism can result from applying knowledge that derives from an increasing body of research in this field.
The sessions looked at all these factors and helped apply scientific research to the QSAS criteria, to enable QSAS CGP’s to make more informed decisions about what practices add value and how these will contribute to sustainability success.
Grigoriou Interiors curated these seminars, and presented at these seminars together with the following colleagues: Professor Derek Clements-Croome from Reading University, Katie Livesey from BRE, Richard Francis from The Monomoy Company and Dr. Derrick Crump from Cranfield University.