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Re: GSBN:Any SB contacts in Chile?

At 01:07 AM 10/4/2007, Chug wrote:

Also does anyone have any info
on the connection between sustainable
building-cob, strawbale, natural materials etc- and the
benefits of living/working in such a place.
Do you know of any research, case studies, books, people, anything
might be useful?

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Excerpts from the linked article:
... First, it is becoming increasingly well demonstrated that biophilic
elements have real, measurable benefits relative to such human
performance metrics as productivity, emotional well-being, stress
reduction, learning, and healing. And second, from an environmental
standpoint, biophilic features foster an appreciation of nature, which,
in turn, should lead to greater protection of natural areas, eliminate
pollution, and maintain a clean environment ...
... The most clearly demonstrated benefits of biophilia are related to
health and healing. If the biophilia hypothesis is correct, all human
beings have carried its stamp on their genes for millennia. Indeed, the
historical record reflects that the potential for biophilic features to
produce positive, measurable outcomes on human health and healing has
been understood for centuries. As long as 2,000 years ago, according to
Richard Louv in the book
Last Child in the Woods
 (Algonquin Books,
2005), Chinese Taoists recognized that gardens and greenhouses were
beneficial to health. Leonard Maeger, writing in the
 in 1699, recommended spending time in a garden: &#xE3;There is no
better way to preserve your health.&#xE4; In 1859, the pioneering British
nurse Florence Nightingale wrote in
Notes on Nursing
 (reprinted by
Scholarly Publishing Office, University of Michigan Library, 2005) that
&#xE3;variety of form and brilliancy of colour in the objects presented to
patients are an actual means of recovery.&#xE4;  ...
... Ulrich described a 1992 study he was involved with that examined
rates of recovery from heart surgery with different wall treatments in
the recovery rooms. Rooms had either bare white walls or various types of
artwork, including photographs of deep, dark forests, photographs of open
landscape vistas, and rectilinear abstract art. Ulrich and his fellow
researchers found that the closed forest images resulted in little
difference to patients compared with the blank wall, while the open
landscape scenes dramatically reduced pain and anxiety. Significantly,
the abstract art hindered patient recovery; in fact, according to Ulrich,
the negative effect of the abstract art was so significant that the
researchers discontinued that aspect of the experiment in the interest of
patient health. ...
... In
Last Child in the Woods
, Louv quotes a number of experts
suggesting that &#xE3;nature may be useful as a therapy for attention deficit
hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)&#xE4; and that lack of contact with nature may
be one of the
 to the dramatic rise in ADHD among
children in recent years &#xD0; an idea he refers to as &#xE3;nature-deficit
disorder.&#xE4; ...
... The Heschong Mahone Group, Inc., in its most recent study of
daylighting in schools, found statistically significant evidence that
access to views through windows in school classrooms improves student
performance by 5% to 10% (see

Vol. 13, No. 10
). While earlier studies had found a correlation of
faster learning with higher daylighting levels, this study found a
stronger correlation of faster learning with views to the outdoors than
with daylighting levels. ...
... Researchers from the Rocky Mountain Institute and Carnegie Mellon
University have reported significant improvements in productivity as a
result of green building features, including daylighting and views to the
outdoors (see

Vol. 13, No. 10
). Even more difficult than demonstrating

 certain building features boost productivity is figuring
. At the
Bringing Buildings to Life
Kellert cited studies suggesting that contact with nature improves
cognitive functioning on higher-order tasks, which may explain some of
the effects. ...

Mark Piepkorn


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