As shown in many studies, interacting with nature triggers physical and mental health benefits, such as lowering our blood pressure and heart rate which makes us able to relax more easily. Nature stimulates the brain, so it is logical that biophilic design can improve our cognitive functions which in turn increases our creativity and productivity levels (1).
The Positive Impact of Wood on Health and Well-Being
Products made of wood have been shown to provide several health benefits. Aside from the fact that the timber has already absorbed carbon from the atmosphere, , being in an environment with more wooden features and furniture can support good health.
The presence of wood in the workplace is positively correlated to lower absenteeism and higher job satisfaction. In one study, it correlated with decreasing blood pressure and heart rate, as employees felt connected with nature. Workers also reported better concentration, more optimism, less stress, and greater productivity when their office included exposed wood(2).
In healthcare settings, it has restorative properties that improve patient recovery. Wood also adds a welcoming feel to the atmosphere. Students who learn in classrooms featuring wood interiors experience less stress and have better learning outcomes. Seeing nature and wood up close every day, it helps with their emotional intelligence and environmental citizenship(3).
Wood not only connects us to nature, it also offers aesthetic, structural, and environmental benefits. The exposed wood surface provides a natural warmth and balances out moisture and humidity(2). The US Environmental Protection Agency found that hardwood floors improve indoor air quality and prevent dust, mould, and allergens from accumulating when compared to other flooring options such as carpets.