Designing Interior Environments that Support Human Health
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Purpose of Article
The article looks at how designers can create interior environments that promote human health, wellbeing and productivity
of the occupants. The article talks the reader through the various aspects of interior design that impact human health
and wellbeing, and introduces strategies that can help achieve a healthier indoor environment.
1. Understand the impact the design of an interior environment can have on its occupants in terms of health, wellbeing
2. Understand how human health and wellbeing is now an important and essential aspect of holistic sustainable design.
3. Understand the connection between environmentally-focused design strategies commonly seen in green building
rating systems, and human health-focused interior design strategies.
4. Differentiate the various interior design strategies that can positively impact different aspects of human
health and wellbeing.
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primarily on the “Social” aspect.Correct
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How many hours a day do North Americans spend sitting down?Correct
This activity has been dubbed “the new smoking” by many researchers and contributes to various illnesses, including
heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity.Correct
Interior layout and design is not enough to foster active employees. Employers must also:Correct
Having light available to us 24-hours per day can impact our:Correct
Blue light ______ melatonin production:Correct
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light, natural building materials and vegetation that impacts positive mental health.Correct