In the past couple of posts in the Living Building Challenge series we looked at the importance of Water and Energy.
Now, we turn our attention to Health + Happiness, the next Petal in the LBC.
With the intent of creating environments that optimize our well-being, the Health + Happiness Petal focuses on the most important environmental conditions to create healthy spaces and built environments that are nourishing and highly productive.
Imperative 7: Civilized Environment
Imperative 8: Healthy Interior Environment
Each project must create a Healthy Interior Environment Plan in order to promote good indoor air quality and explain how the project will achieve the requirements of this Petal.
Imperative 9: Biophilic Environment
Projects must be designed to include elements that nurture the human/nature connection, with the project team engaging in a minimum of one all-day exploration of the biophilic design potential of the project.
Too often the homes we build provide no consideration for quality of life and health of those living in them or provide any connection to nature. We have been building homes with "curb appeal" that look great from the street to potential buyers and to impress our visitors, while providing minimal window coverage on all other sides for exposure to nature around us and low air quality.
Homes provide us, in their most basic function, shelter from the environment. However we must also make every effort to design and build homes that connect us with nature and promote not just a healthy environment to live in but an environment we are happy to dwell in.
Quotations and information cited comes from the Living Building Challenge 3.1. To learn more or download a copy of the Living Building Challenge, visit the International Living Future Institute. Neither Joshua Stewart nor JDS Design Studio is a paid advocate of the Living Building Challenge nor a member of the LBC Ambassador Network. As a residential design firm the purpose of creating this blog series is to inform, educate and advocate for a sustainable approach to designing and building fully self-sufficient homes and communities.