Design Well: Designing for Human Health and Performance, January 22-23, San Diego, CA

  • 22 January 2019 To 23 January 2019
  • Start time : 08:45 AM
  • End time : 03:30 PM
  • Event Location : 435 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA, United States
Design Well:
Event Description

8:45-9:00 am
Welcoming Remarks
Eric Corey Freed, Founding Principal, organicARCHITECT

9:00 - 9:45 am
Enhancing the User Experience in Buildings, the Environment and the Budget of Every Project through Biophilia
Jodi Smits Anderson, Director of Sustainability Programs, DASNY

It is not cost effective, respectful to the environment, or supportive of human health to treat buildings as separate from the nature around us, yet that is what we typically do. Designers and operations managers can optimize building performance by recognizing and employing access to nature in their buildings, through analogs, experiences and inclusion of natural elements. Biophilia is the name for this design approach, creating connections to nature in projects. We may have little exposure to deliberate aspects of biophilia in our buildings, yet high quality buildings of any era can illustrate many, if not all, of the 14 patterns of Biophilia as defined by Terrapin Bright Green. We will change the building industry by helping professionals recognize these patterns and their benefits so that they begin to actively employ these strategies in their present and future work. In this session, we will explore known and common building with the purpose of illuminating aspects of biophilia and helping the attendees to understand the influences of nature that can and should be strengthened in design and operations of buildings.

Define biophilic approaches as detailed in Terrapin Bright Green’s “The 14 Patterns of Biophilia”

List 3-5 ways connection to nature supports our personal health and wellbeing and our communal resiliency

Explain the cost benefits from including visual and experiential access to nature in our buildings

Identify biophilic elements and approaches in existing, cherished, buildings, and discuss how these connections can be made in any designed building

9:50 - 10:35 am
How your Office can Help you Sleep at Night and be Alert During the Day
Judith Heerwagen, PhD, U.S. General Services Administration

This presentation will focus on pathways linking indoor light and workspace types (open plan, cube, and private offices) to activity patterns and sleep quality at night. We will draw on findings from two GSA sponsored research projects conducted by the University of Arizona Medical School and the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Both projects deployed stationary and wearable sensors to assess environmental conditions, movement patterns, momentary experience, physiological stress, and sleep quality. The research was conducted in eight federal buildings in the US and two US embassies.

Explore research projects through the use of sensors

Understand how indoor light and workspace types have a link to activity and sleep quality

Learn how to asses environmental conditions in the workspace

10:35-11:00 am
Networking Break and Exhibit Viewing

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mindfulness in the Modern Workplace - Working Well: Being Well 2.0
Kay Sargent, Senior Principal Director of WorkPlace, HOK

The sustainability movement has led to a new awareness of how to design buildings to be more sustainable. But what are we doing for the occupant? How is their wellbeing? Sitting stagnantly at a desk staring at a computer all day is killing us faster than anything else and many office workers are not living healthy lives. Understanding that we in the CRE community have an opportunity to change, AEW partnered with HOK to assess and certify of one of their key properties in Boston. AEW Global manages $68.1 billion of real estate assets and securities on behalf of many of the world's leading institutional and private investors and HOK works with clients across the globe to provide world class design solutions. We’ll share why and how these two giants teamed up to make a difference.

Understand the issues and factors that are impacting our health and well-being today

Focus on human factors, what is negatively impacting our performance and ability to focus, and how we can improve employee engagement

Review the environmental practices, guidelines and options used to encourage movement and improve wellbeing in the workplace

12:00 – 2:00 pm
Lunch and Exhibit Viewing

2:00 - 2:45 pm
Strategies to Incorporate Wellness into Building Projects
Josh Jacobs, Director of Environmental Codes & Standards, UL Environment

Wellness in buildings is shown to improve productivity, reduce missed days due to illness, and support overall occupant wellbeing. Green building rating systems and building codes are now incorporating wellness features to support occupant wellness. This presentation explores the importance of wellness in buildings and looks at wellness criteria in building programs including LEED and Fitwel.

Accreditation: LEED BD&C/EBOM Specific accredited/ WELL AP Specific Accredited/IDCEC Accredited/AIA Accredited/

Understand how health and wellbeing is being defined today in sustainable building.

Identify WELL features that align with LEED v4s focus on human health & wellbeing for example WELL feature 04 VOC reduction aligns with EQc Low Emitting Materials.

Identify LEED v4 credits that align with WELLs focus on human health & wellbeing for example MRc Building Product Disclosure and Optimization: Material Ingredients Option 1 aligns with WELL feature 97.

Understand the crosswalk documentation which will help them implement specification decisions for both LEED v4 EBOM and WELL such as Green Cleaning Policy (P) & Green Cleaning - Products & Materials and Feature 9 Cleaning Protocol.

2:50 - 3:25 pm
Evaluating Design Strategies for Wellbeing
Brian Gilligan, High Performance Buildings Expert, U.S. General Services Administration

The U.S. General Services Administration controls indoor environments that influence the health and wellbeing of more than 1 million Federal workers. The Wellbuilt for Wellbeing project is the first to explore this influence by directly measuring in real-time the impact that several indoor environmental quality (IEQ) variables had on workers’ physiological stress. We found relationships between several IEQ factors and health outcomes. GSA is now exploring how to use these findings to evaluate current design strategies using new physical measurement approaches during renovations of interior spaces and building systems.

Discover indoor environmental quality variables

Explore the relationships that exist between IE1 factors and health outcomes

Understand which new physical measurements approaches to use

3:25-3:45 pm
Networking Break and Exhibit Viewing

3:50-5:30 pm
WELL vs Fitwel – A Comparison of Health-focused Rating Systems
Blake Jackson, Sustainability Design Leader, Associate, Stantec Architecture and Steven Burke, Sustainability Manager, LEED & WELL Faculty, Consigli

The emergence of health-focused rating systems since 2015 has pushed to the forefront the importance of the built environment’s impact upon human health. WELL and Fitwel are two ratings systems which both transform evidence-based research into actionable steps that designers, owners, and users of buildings can use to positively impact health outcomes, each representing a different level of cost, commitment, and stringency to employ. This presentation will explore both standards in terms of their development, rules, administrative costs, users of the systems, and potential impacts of implementation so that participants can learn where and when to apply either or both on their projects.

Participants will learn how health-focused rating systems overlap with sustainability-focused rating systems, like LEED.

Participants will learn about key drivers for the promotion of better health awareness for design and construction.

Participants will clearly be able to determine how Fitwel and WELL are similar and unique to one another.

Participants will learn the rules of applying both WELL and Fitwel, including their timeline, cost, registration process, and scope of work.

5:30 pm
Conference Adjourns

6:30 pm
Dine Around San Diego

All delegates are invited to experience The Gas Lantern District of San Diego at night! Our Dine Around will give you the opportunity to network with colleagues in a social setting in one of 100 plus dining and entertainment venues within walking distance from the hotel that will prove alluring and inviting. We will facilitate the gatherings with suggestions of restaurants and making reservations when necessary.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

9:00 – 9:15 am
Opening Remarks

9:15 – 10:00 am
Healthy Buildings for Everyone: Tapping into Biology to Grow the next Generation of Buildings
Eric Corey Freed, Founding Principal, organicARCHITECT

The way buildings are built today has remained relatively unchanged for nearly two hundred years. The $9 trillion a year global construction industry is responsible for nearly 60% of climate change emissions, a third of landfill waste and a shocking array of negative health effects. Even the most advanced construction projects in the world continue to use ancient techniques of modular assembly, relying on painstaking human effort to construct dead & ancient materials of wood, steel and concrete. Construction is driven by standards and codes to ensure economy and safety, but in the process fail to protect people from larger risks. In 2016, the XPRIZE Foundation set out to establish a “moonshot” for construction by creating the XPRIZE for Healthy Buildings. In this presentation, you’ll learn how the team approached this unique opportunity to develop a way to (literally) grow buildings by fusing synthetic biology, genomics, parametric modeling and 3D printing to create a disruption and paradigm shift that could switch us from a PETRO-chemical world, to a BIO-chemical one.

Learn the value of exponential thinking in approaching your design problems

Discover the methodology to the XPRIZE for Healthy Buildings and how such innovations were formulated

Uncover new ways to approach healthy materials that avoids trying to be less bad, and into something regenerative

Develop a roadmap for your own projects and the future of Living Buildings

10:05 – 10:50 am
What is the Legacy of What We Design?
Tim Conway, Vice President of Sustainable Development, Shaw Industries
One of the smartest topics in sustainability today is material health. Designers and end users value material ingredient transparency and want to know what impacts the materials they specify have on the health of our population and our planet. This presentation explains the Responsibility of Sustainability and how our collaboration can design products and projects that will deliver a sense of purpose to change the legacy of what we design together.

Recognize your role as an influencer in driving the use of healthy building products

See materials through the lenses of human health and planet health.

Learn which tools are available to inform the way you select and specify healthy building products

Become a positive change catalyst to make a positive impact to your industry and our population.

10:55-11:15 am
Networking Break and Exhibit Viewing

11:15 am – 12:00 pm
Using Neuroscience to Design in Wellness
Sally Augustin, PhD, Principal, Design With Science, Fellow American Psychological Association

Neuroscience researchers have, over the last several decades, extensively investigated design’s influence on human wellbeing. This session will focus on how the layout of a space can enhance user wellbeing and wellness. It will begin with a journey back to our early days as a species and review how our experiences then influenced our brain development and shape the sorts of spaces where we are comfortable today, those where our wellbeing and wellness are optimized. The session will move on to a discussion of fundamental design-related neuroscience research, focusing on sightlines and similar topics. It will conclude with a review of practical examples of ways to use neuroscience findings to develop spaces that optimize wellness, wellbeing, and human experience.

Develop an awareness of fundamental neuroscience-based design principles

Understand what neuroscientists have learned about how spatial layout influences human wellness and wellbeing

Become familiar with ways that neuroscience-based spatial design principles can be applied in practice

12:00 – 1:30 pm
Lunch and Exhibit Viewing

1:30-2:15 pm
Wellness Architecture from Design to Government to Building Owners
Moderators: Sara Neff, Senior Vice President, Sustainability, Kilroy Properties and Eden Brukman, Senior Green Building Coordinator City of San Francisco Panelists: To be announced

2:15- 3:00 pm
From Environmentalism to Wellism
Veronica Schreibeis Smith, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, CEO and Founding Principal, Vera Iconica Architecture

This course will guide participants through recent movements in the building industry and demonstrate why in today’s world we need to embrace not only the environmental movements, but also wellness movements. The participants will glean tips for enhancing health-outcomes of their next project, including simple criteria to evaluate product and assembly specifications, and three not-so-easy, but critical shifts that must occur to be fully educated on wellness architecture practices.

Discover why the green movement and sustainability are not good enough to achieve human and planetary health

Illustrate why a focus on human health and wellbeing may be the answer for achieving regenerative solutions from an environmental and ecological standpoint

Evaluate your specifications based on simple criteria that will lead to safe and healthy products and assemblies

Identify three shifts that must occur to advance your knowledge as an architect and designer, and explore what education you might need to fill your Wellness Toolkit

3:00 – 3:30 pm
Closing Remarks

3:30 pm
Conference Adjourns

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