Design for Mental Wellbeing: Developing an Audit Tool to Assess a Building's Effect

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This research investigates the impact of a building’s design on the mental wellbeing of the occupants. The main factors that affect mental wellbeing were identified through a review of current literature relating to the topic. Weightings were applied to the factors based on previous research to allow them to be used to assess a building’s influence. The factors were then compiled into a tabular audit tool that may be used to score a building out of 100%. This audit tool was then tested on three buildings of varying types and sizes to assess its usability. A detailed interview was carried out to obtain the opinions of a professional working within the subject area. The paper concludes by highlighting the need for further research in this area and suggests fine tuning of the audit tool.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArchitectural Technology at the Interfaces
Subtitle of host publicationConference Proceedings of the 7th International Congress of Architectural Technology
EditorsTahar Kouider, Gareth Alexander
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 15 Jun 2018


  • Mental Health
  • Mental Wellbeing
  • Occupancy Wellbeing
  • Building Design
  • Audit Tool


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