Green Home and Biophilia
Homes, be it in a vertical condominium or in an expansive subdivision, shelter and support life. Green architecture and sustainable development have proven to be more than just lifestyle fads. One’s well-being has taken on the spotlight these days, and in this post, we’ll tackle one not-so-difficult way homeowners can avail and enjoy it.
One can deduce what the BIG word in the title means as most know what BIOLOGY means and have heard of the word PEDOPHILIA.
BIOPHILIA is the LOVE of LIFE of living creatures.
It is rooted in psychology, and we’ll not go deeper into it than to know how it affects the design of GREEN HOUSES or GREEN HOMES. There is a specific hypothesis by biologist, Edward Wilson from the book titled, BIOPHILIA (of course), which states that “there is an instinctive bond” between us, humans, and the living systems.
The hypothesis if true, as I believe so, gives more weight to the need for more and aptly-sized view windows. Windows then are not just for ventilation and lighting. They also address a deeper-seated need for us to reconnect with nature — to let nature in our buildings.
The sad fact of development is that most times we force our buildings into nature. Aren’t these too disturbingly familiar? Bulldozers plowing through vegetation and unmindfully ecosystems; behemoth structures blocking light, air and views; bodies of water being piled on upon by reclaimed soil; age-old trees being cut or balled off; mountains being levelled down for airports — human necessities have often called upon decisions and actions that have trampled upon nature with reckless impunity. Apparently, we’ve not just been educated enough, then. Then is the time when climate change’s effects haven’t been felt yet.
Living with Green Home and Biophilia
Now, that we’re hearing of the lessons loud and clear. We’re also, good to be reminded of this relationship we have with nature. It is a love story of love being rekindled after painful realizations of the ails of being apart and being against one another.
Researches have concluded that being able to view the “living” outdoors during the workday is conducive to physical and mental health. Even studies on students agree: those with views of nature score higher in academic tests. Sales of a retail store chain also proved higher when store buildings are lighted by natural daylight. Patients in hospitals with natural elements (ponds, garden) also show higher healing/recovery rates.
Have you been unproductive or sickly lately? Maybe, you’re spending so much time in front of your computer in your 4-walled cubicle. Maybe you’re home has too many walls and less windows. Get out and get some sunshine and fresh air.
Are you in a stage of home selection? Be it in a horizontal village or a multi-storey condominium, having access to gardens and trees, through their parks, walkways, and open spaces are more than a treat. Having windows with views of nature likewise help.
Green architecture is all about life and living happy and healthy lives.
Reference: Green Building A to Z (Understanding the Language of Green Building) by Jerry Yudelson