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The Feeling Good series examines how a growing body of scientific research can add value to the interiors industry, promote human wellbeing and have a positive effect on the client’s finances.

Evidence Based Design (EBD), now well accepted in healthcare architecture, analyses how a well conceived physical environment can promote wellbeing. Every party within the interiors industry has an opportunity now to implement this research and provide long term benefits for the end-users. By applying EBD to places of work, schools and homes, the industry has the chance to increase and sustain wellbeing for all.

Wellbeing is going to be the next top issue for the industry, as new data is linking its affects to productivity and health. Wellbeing in interior workspaces is directly linked to staff retention and absenteeism, a cost that companies cannot afford to overlook as staff account for 80% of companies’ costs.

Many design factors – acoustics, air quality, colour, lighting and furnishings can have a calculable impact on building occupants and ultimately the client’s bottom line. 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 Feeling Good series looks at all these factors and helps you to apply scientific research to your line of work.


8.00      Registration

8.30      Introduction by Elina Grigoriou, Grigoriou Interiors

8.40      Design for the Senses – why we should focus design on the senses

Professor Derek Clements-Croome, School of Construction Management & Engineering, Reading University

9.10      Colour in Practice – how does colour affect human behaviour and wellbeing

Designers, architects, planners, access consultants, facilities managers, building control staff, councils, managers etc. can be strategic about using colour and contrast.

Professor Hilary Dalke, Professor of Design, Kingston University, Director of Cromocon Ltd.

9.40      Coffee/Tea break and networking

10.00    Findings of BRE Trust’s project ‘Measuring the wellbeing benefits of interior material selection’

Wellbeing of occupants determined by materials used in built environments (beyond indoor air quality). This project’s objective is to bring occupants to the centre of the sustainable refit and refurbishment of buildings.

Katie Livesey, Senior Consultant – Building Technology Group, BRE

10.30    Wellbeing dividends: Why investing in employee happiness makes business sense

            Principles of achieving wellbeing and measuring the cost of absenteeism.

Jody Aked, Well-being Consultant, nef consulting
11.00    Closing Summary by Richard Francis, Gardiner & Theobald

This series will benefit:

v  Consultants wanting to obtain scientific evidence to share with clients in support of new design proposals

v  Owner/occupiers planning property improvements and looking for robust knowledge on impacts and anticipated returns

v  Suppliers/Manufacturers to increase knowledge and apply data to meet industry’s growing demand for products that cater for human wellbeing

v  Facility Managers and HR professionals looking to improve efficiency and boost morale

Registrations will take place from 8am

Seminar Fee: £60.00 + VAT   /   £25 + VAT for Students    Book here!

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What attendees from the 1st Feeling Good seminar said!

‘Having speakers and attendees from different sectors gave an interesting perspective on the subject matter rather than being from a purely interior designer’s viewpoint.’

 Noel Brewster, HSP

“The seminar was stimulating, fresh and enjoyable – not something I often say about seminars, with speakers from a wide spectrum of expertise, all highly relevant to anyone involved in interior projects. The need to address generational requirements to sound and light levels was particularly useful to me, and I really felt I had learned something new in the course of the morning.”

 Diana Yakeley, PBIID FCSD, Yakeley Associates

“I attend a lot of seminars on a range of topics and was struck by how good the Feeling Good event was.  Genuinely thought provoking, excellent expert speakers talking about a topic of real relevance.  I’m certainly not going to miss Feeling Good 2.”

David Frise, Chief Executive, Association of Interior Specialists