Are Facilities Managers grasping the essential need for not merely well lit, but inspirational workplaces?

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At Lumilow Lighting, we believe that light is inspirational, beneficial, indeed crucial to modern workplaces.

This being the case, it stands to reason that more and more organisations are realising the advantages of natural, light orientated design.

But some of the most exciting developments remain poorly understood, or perhaps in some cases struggle for ascendancy on the busy FM day to day remit.

Among such developments is how light works within biophilic design. If you’re unsure what this is, or how it can benefit your business, there’s plenty to learn.


What is biophilic design?

A very worthy description tells us biophilic design is an innovative way of designing the places where we live, work, and learn. Biophilic design simply incorporates nature and light at the most basic level.

The biophilic argument runs that we need nature in a deep and fundamental fashion, but we have often designed our cities and suburbs in ways that both degrade the environment and alienate us from nature.

And, all too often, workplaces suffer from a similar lack of connection. Some people think that deeply conceived, fundamental design concepts like biophilic design can be the missing piece in the puzzle of sustainable development.

So, more and more organisations are realising the advantages of biophilic, natural, light orientated design. But less clear is how easy it is for every UK firm to embed changes for good.


Lighting, biophilia and wellbeing

The Human Spaces report explains that there are proven links between work environments exhibiting biophilic design and lower staff turnover and sickness absence rates.

To be biophilic, workplaces need contact with both nature, and with design elements which mimic natural materials. All this positively impacts health, job performance and concentration.

Outlining the issues, the report notes that 30% of EMEA office workers said their workspace does not provide a sense of light and space.

‘Internal green space and natural light are positively linked to greater productivity and those with live plants in the office reported higher levels of wellbeing than those without,’ reads the paper.

For Facilities Managers, grasping these fundamentals is key. The simplest place to start is with better light.


What’s the next step to implementation?

Our view is that assessing the flaws in your workspaces, and building in natural light is challenging. But we have both years of experience and genuine passion in this area. It isn’t simply about the odd new window and a couple of pot plants.

Correct workplace design in FM is about design from the root up, featuring daylighting, windows and shading, colour tone and LEDs, air quality and space.

Making such changes in the workplace requires planning and of course it requires investment. We are here to help, but widening the understanding of how biophilic design can really help Facilities Managers is still very much needed.


The truth and the path to improvement

Recently, white papers such as ‘The Economics of Biophilia’ have demonstrated that using natural materials and evoking nature within a workspace are not extravagances, but a way to increase profits and make hard cost-savings.

The argument has rarely been more compelling, but the task is tough too.

Contact the Lumilow Team today to learn how natural design can revolutionise your workspaces.