PPG - Wellbeing Design & Coatings - CPD video
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In this CPD entitled ‘Wellbeing design & coatings’, brought to you by PPG, we will discuss wellbeing and its role in the built environment, in terms of both architecture and design. We’ll then cover the legal and regulatory requirements for inclusive design, as well as the requirements of voluntary assessment schemes, such as WELL. We will also look at the role of coatings and colour, focusing on applied colour psychology and we’ll consider the importance of indoor air quality when making material choices.
There are many definitions of wellbeing, but fundamentally it is the combination of two key elements: feeling good and functioning well.
Wellbeing is affected by a variety of physical, emotional, and transactional stimuli. There are many ways that we can approach the challenge of improving a person’s wellbeing. Many of these relate to health in the body, which is typically identifiable and measurable in terms of symptoms and causes. In architecture, building design has a role to play in supporting physical health. For example, air quality, such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), particulate matter and CO2, all can have an impact on the health of building occupants. But building design can also support emotional and cognitive wellbeing. Through good building design, we can make environments more thermally, visually, and acoustically comfortable, and we can also use design to create a specific emotional impact.
So why is wellbeing such a significant focus today? Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, a quick glance at the daily news showed political unrest, environmental crises, and fluctuating economies. This everyday chaos challenged people’s abilities to process information, so it will come as little surprise that fear was also on the rise globally. Adding to that, we now spend 90% of our lives indoors. By 2050, it’s expected that more than two-thirds of the world’s population will live in urban areas, separating us even further from the healing benefits of nature. As the world continues to change, it is crucial that we shift our mindset purely from the functional aspects of building design and put more emphasis on how the built environment can support wellbeing.