Second Wave of Sustainability for Human-Centric Lab Design

Jacob Tsimanis, Syska Hennessy

"Second Wave of Sustainability for Human-Centric Lab Design"
'Second Wave of Sustainability for Human-Centric Lab design,' serves as a learning tool to develop and design buildings, which not only focuses on energy efficiency and carbon footprint reduction, but also provides an approach that benefits the occupant's overall health and well-being. The WELL Building Standard uses just this approach.

While the WELL standard is not specifically designed for Laboratory projects, it addresses major sustainability issues that relates to the overall health and well-being of a building occupant, which is ideal for a research/laboratory facility.

Biophilic design with beauty and design aesthetics, is one of the major item that influences a person's emotional and well-being support. This approach should be implemented to connect building occupants with an effort to improve overall work environment.

The WELL Standard also addresses air and water quality in the build environment. Different systems for the air delivery and air treatment are considered to support the environment. The developed approach should reduce energy demands and substantially improve air quality within the build environment. In addition, the Standard also highlights the occupants 'right to light'.

Planning and developing of Laboratory projects with a WELL Building Standard approach will provide a smaller carbon footprint and will result in a healthier and more pleasant environment within.

Learning Objectives

  • Be able to develop and design buildings which benefit overall health and well-being of the occupants in addition to reduction in carbon footprint;
  • Be able to identify approaches for building design based on biophilic concepts with focus on beauty and aesthetics, contributing to improvement in health of the occupants;
  • Be able to analyze various systems to provide comprehensive pathways to achieve far-reaching improvement in air quality of the build environment. Learn methods for air treatment and air delivery that will reduce energy demands; and
  • Be able to interpret and apply the WELL Building Standard, including the "Right to Light" of occupant for a sustainable and resilient building design.


Jacob Tsimanis is a registered Mechanical Engineer with 30 years of experience in Healthcare, Science & Technology and Higher Education project designs. Over the past 20 years, he has served in various positions ranging from senior mechanical engineer to principal. He has a particular interest in low energy performance building design, integration of sustainable design principles and reduction of resource consumption, and complex projects commissioning.


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