Workplace Design Principles

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Important Environmental Considerations- when selecting materials January 29, 2009

Identifying the Origin of a Material helps you gain valuable background knowledge and help to know what to expect during the selection process, if it’s a renew-able resource, and projected lead times.   

 

“Safety in use can encompass indoor air quality and emissions as well as chemical optimization to assess for human and environmental health.” Dose it emit Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) or does it have a low level of VOC emissions?

 

Product life Cycle should be a consideration as well as if the manufacture offers a take-back program.  What will happen to it at the end of life cycle is it biodegradable or recyclable, or will it end up in a landfill? 

 

 

1.) BASKET WEAVER UPHOLSTERY
  environmental design
  extreme performance

Low Emitting, Alternative To PVC, Useful Life, Reutilization

80.00% RECYCLED POLYESTER
20.00% POLYURETHANE

 

2.) LINKS- DRAPERY
  environmental design
(C2C Gold certified)

Part of “the new Climatex® Lifecycle™ upholsteries (also C2C Gold) utilize new technological advancements to creating a fabrics with a luxurious hand and superior draping qualities”

http://www.dtex.com/files/50d9e3e6cbf140618499c5f9f9a2b9f6/environmental%20design%20collection.pdf

 3.) BERRY GRID 4X8- FUSION
  environmental design

(polyester resin panels)

60.00% PETG
40.00% PRECONSUMER RECY. PETG

Useful Life, Reutilization, Green Guard, Recycled Content, Low Emitting Reclamation Program

http://www.dtex.com/fusion_Product.aspx?f=35622

Posted By Kate Blanchfield

 

 

 

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Integration of Nature January 22, 2009

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Integrating Nature into a design is important and sometimes vital. However, integrating nature into Health care is important to the well-being of patients, doctors, employees, and even visitors. By incorporating nature into a design the Architect/Designer is able to improve such issues.

“To promote wellness, healthcare facilities should be designed to support patients in coping with stress. As general compass points for designers, scientific research suggests that health care environments will support coping with stress and promote wellness if they are designed to foster: 1. Sense of control; 2. Access to social support; 3. Access to positive distractions, and lack of exposure to negative distractions; A growing amount of scientific evidence suggests that nature elementsor views can be effective as stress-reducing, positive distractions that promote wellness in health care environments. “orientations as potential sources of conflict and stress in health facilities

 

Ulich, RS. “Effects of interior design wellness: theory and recent scientific

               research.” J Health Care Inter Des. 3(1991): 97-109.

Rana Salah