Human-wood interactions and wellbeing

Understanding the human wellbeing and resilience in built environments.

The health and well-being effects of wooden buildings have been the focus of interest for some time, but there is still a shortage of long-term research data around the world. The new Living Lab facilities in Hyytiälä provide an excellent setting for a long-term follow-up study of user experiences of modern wooden buildings and their impact on perceived and measurable well-being.

The on-going experiments focus on human-material interactions. We are building a project portfolio to explore how psychophysiological and perceived wellbeing is interlinked with built environment: ambulatory human metrics with quantitative indoor, building envelope, and outdoor measurements. Especially, we focus on human interactions with wood and biohybrid, functional materials.