In five years’ time, 97% of businesses in the construction industry will be using BIM regularly, but we need to remember that there is a human need beneath all this data.
As the late, great, Zaha Hadid put it, ‘designed with passion and imagination, the built environment can enrich our wellbeing, enrich our lives and make us healthier and happier.’ This shouldn’t be forgotten when large amounts of data are presented to us.
Instead, we need to remember that technology goes hand in hand with a human-centric approach to design and should complement the vision for sustainable, efficient and healthy buildings.
Homeowners are also becoming more aware of the impact their homes have on their health and wellbeing, thanks to smart home technology. According to a recent study, 50% of us would like to control our homes by smart home technology, leading to predictions that the current market (work £30 million) is set to soar in the next few years.
Clearly, technology will play an important role in driving demand for sustainable buildings that also put occupant health and wellbeing first. As the experts, we must step up and deliver buildings that help us to feel great and live well.
Saint-Gobain has launched the full data for its UK Home, Health and Wellbeing Report, a study on what’s important to homeowners and renters when it comes to health and wellbeing in buildings. The report can be accessed here.