Health and Wellbeing Benefits for Australian Households

Key findings for Australian households © David Rowlinson

Wood – Nature Inspired Design

To coincide with World Wood Day 2017 Planet Ark completed a new report that outlined the importance of connecting buildings with the natural world and how with nature connected design we can bring nature indoors and provide a healthier, happier environment for all. In this summary you can see the key findings for Australian households from the Wood - Nature Inspired Design report.

A disconnect with nature

Modern society has changed its relationship with nature. In the space of a single generation children’s play has moved from outdoors to indoors, the iconic backyard has shrunk, parents have become increasingly anxious about children’s safety, working hours and stress levels have risen and technology (especially screens) has encroached into almost all areas of life.

The benefits of spending time in nature

Our love of time in nature has been termed ‘biophilia’ and explains our innate need to connect with the natural world. This relationship can be extended into the buildings where we live, work, rest and play.

Nature connected design

The Wood - Nature Inspired Design report and video below show the importance of connecting buildings with the natural world and how with ‘nature connected design’ and using wood you can bring nature indoors and create a healthier home, school or office.

Why is wood good?

The use of natural elements like wood in the interior of a building produce similar effects to those created by spending time in outside in nature and can help to lower blood pressure and heart rates, reduce stress and anxiety and increase social interactions.

Exemplar projects using wood and nature connected design

Tempe House, NSW

Light House, Vic

CLT House, Maianbar, NSW

Wood and Nature Connected Design for your Home, School or Office

See how wood and nature connected design can help bring nature indoors and create a healthier home, school or office.

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