New research on ‘healthy’ building design

Researchers at the University of Oregon have found clues that can help architectural designers to design healthier indoor environments.

“The study is part of the University of Oregon’s Biology and the Built Environment Center’s quest to explore the microbiome of the indoor world, where people spend the majority of their time. Microbiome refers to the total makeup of microorganisms and their collective genetic material found in or on the human body or in another environment.”

They recently published a paper concluding that “design choices can influence the biogeography of microbial communities indoors”.
Dust from 155 rooms in the Lillis Business Complex was analysed and correlated to parameters including usage, people flow and ventilation methods.

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