HFE in Biophilic Design: Human Connections with Nature

  • Ryan Lumber
  • Miles Richardson
  • Jo-Anne Albertsen
Chapter

Abstract

Human factors and ergonomics (HFE) pays insufficient attention to nature-based solutions for workplace issues, despite evidence for its effectiveness, while also being relatively inexpensive to implement. Lumber, Richardson, and Albertsen discuss research evidence for the well-being, health, attention, and sustainability benefits of belonging to a wider natural community through nature connection and biophilic design within work-based environments. From there, the importance of practitioners utilising natural elements in workplace environments is highlighted before Lumber, Richardson, and Albertsen provide a critical outline for how these often-overlooked elements of human connections with nature can be incorporated into HFE for happier, healthier, sustainable, and productive workplaces.

Keywords

Biophilic design Human-nature connection Emotional affiliation Mental well-being Physical well-being Attention restoration Green ergonomics Daylight 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ryan Lumber
    • 1
  • Miles Richardson
    • 2
  • Jo-Anne Albertsen
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Health and Life SciencesDe Montfort UniversityLeicesterUK
  2. 2.College of Life and Natural SciencesThe University of DerbyDerbyUK

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