Human beings have five basic needs—air, water, food, rest, and education—that are not being adequately met in a frenetic and resource-hungry modern life. Basic human needs are particularly challenged by:
- An uncontrollable outdoor environment — Urbanization, pollution, and climate change increasingly disturb and degrade our landscapes, weather patterns, and air quality.
- Food security — Weather, pollutants, and pests impair outdoor food production, making food quality and quantity less predictable
- A restless lifestyle — Rest deprivation is a common symptom for plugged-in urban dwellers. Associated stress is a leading cause of diseases like cancer.
- Hands-off learning — Younger generations learn better through hands-on activities and demand educational approaches that acknowledge this need.
North Americans, especially the elderly, spend over 90% of their time indoors¹, placing them in environments that are unsuited to their well-being. Recent research shows, however, that simple exposure to nature can significantly improve well-being² as well as other metrics like work productivity³.
Current green building design is a least-harmful approach, meaning that it makes building choices that minimize negative impacts on human wellbeing. Critically, it does not start with the idea of adding positive (regenerative) impacts for the betterment of occupants.
Nature can satisfy human needs. When unsullied, the natural outdoor environment gives us access to clean air, unpolluted water, organic food, nature therapy, and interactive learning. In short, it provides us with a place to grow, to discover, and to enjoy. Our design approach is to Bring Nature Indoors for people to enjoy its beauty and benefits. This design process is guided by the principle of Indoor Regenerative Design™, which aims to make buildings that are not only sustainable but actively improve lives.
Indoor Regenerative Design™ is a process that restores, renews, or revitalizes the interior spaces of built environments by connecting the needs of occupants with the essence of nature.
It is the biomimicry of ecosystems that function as a closed loop input-output model in which the output is greater than the input. The end-goal of Indoor Regenerative Design™ is to redevelop the built environment with utmost efficiency and effectiveness, that allows for the harmonized co-existence of human beings and other thriving species.
This principle redefines the notion of sustainability in a number of ways:
- Redefining Ecosystems from Outdoor to Indoor
- Redefining Clean Air from Artificial to Natural
- Redefining Waste Water from Pollutants to Nutrients
- Redefining Food Production from Chemical to Organic
- Redefining Healing from Drugs to Nature
- Redefining Education from Passive Learning to Interactive Learning
- Redefining Green Building Design from Least-Harmful to Regenerative