A New Construction Trend for Wellness Buildings Is Being Driven by Millennials

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While making buildings more sustainable is nothing new, another trend in the construction industry is making waves especially among millennials — wellness buildings.

Conforming to energy-efficient measures, wellness-minded design is quickly becoming popular as millennials are looking for healthier environments not only in their offices, but also in their homes.

Notable features of wellness buildings are stipulated in the Well Building Standard Certification by the International Well Building Institute (IWBI). These include elements, such as food and water offered by the building’s establishment, and other things that constitute comfort. Sharing his opinion on this, John Kirk of Cooper Robertson said:

“I think that it is a kind of milieu we’re in driven by younger people who are much more sensitized to everything from environmental issues to sustainability to wellness and quality of life.”

As the younger generation pushes for healthier work environments, they are also likely to want healthier living and social environments. Kirk added that, while the market for high-end houses did not really think about this in the past, things in the construction sector has started to change.

Robert Thorne of the Wellness Habitat Company also said that using state-of-the-art systems that ensure wellness inside a building will allow businesses and homeowners to create an environment that lets them enjoy a healthier lifestyle.

As construction sustainability ideas that are inspired by millennials spread through the marketplace, the “wellness building” trend is said to surely alter the way how people work and live.