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BSRIA is a non-profit distributing, member-based association, providing specialist services in construction and building services.

In November 2106, BSRIA published a free-to-download topic guide about wellbeing. BSRIA topic guides provide ‘at a glance’ introductions to key industry topics and include suggested further reading for those wanting to learn more.

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TG10/2016 At a Glance - Wellbeing, includes introductory information about the impact and importance of wellbeing explains different influencing factors such as comfort (physical, visual, functional, psychological and thermal), noise and indoor air quality.

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It suggests that ‘It is now generally accepted that if an employee’s wellbeing reduces, her/his productivity will typically reduce as well. So, workplaces should not only be environmentally friendly but should also be user friendly.’

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BSRIA’s Sustainable Building Consultant, Dr Michelle Agha-Hossein said, “Given that we spend 90 per cent of our time indoors, it is important to know how the indoor environment can affect and improve our wellbeing. A building should be a safe place that responds to basic human needs while meeting the occupants’ psychological and spiritual needs.

“A ‘well’ indoor environment supports the occupants to thrive and happily perform to their optimum ability. As the industry is trying to optimise energy performance of buildings in terms of their installed services and fabric, it is essential to also consider how well buildings can increase the energy capacity of their occupants and help them to better control and spend the human energy that they have.

The aim of this guide is to provide a brief introduction about how a range of indoor physical, functional and psychological factors can impact the wellbeing of the occupants.”

The guide is intended for facilities managers, building owners and occupiers, building services professionals, HVAC engineers, environmental and sustainability professionals.


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