Mary Schrott

In this podcast, you'll learn how building lighting can be integrated into a holistic design approach.

Have you ever taken a shower in the break room at work? Buildings sensitive to the impact of light on occupants are often designed with light in mind, providing access to a “lumen shower,” or time spent immersed in natural light. The inclusion of windows and reflective finishes help social spaces in offices become spaces for healthy light intake.

From the large windows in an executive’s corner office to the light bulbs chosen for classrooms, lighting can set behavioral precedent and facilitate action, and balanced exposure to light greatly influences human behavior.

This week on “Built for Health,” host Flavia Grey discusses the effects of light on building occupants with Steven Lockley, Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Neuroscientist at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Bryan Steverson, Program Advisor at the General Services Administration in the Office of Federal High-Performance Buildings.

In this podcast, you'll learn about these experts’ professional journeys and current work, how light can influence our alertness and sleep quality, some strategies to provide appropriate light to occupants in different types of buildings and how lighting can be integrated into a more holistic design approach.

Listen to this week’s “Built for Health: Light” to find out how light is affecting your health. For more, check out earlier episodes covering air quality, biophilic design, physical fitness and acoustics and sound. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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