As we end 2018, we’re looking back at some of the diverse range of articles we’ve shared on the Multi Comfort website.
Now approaching its third year, the Multi Comfort website aims to build an ever-growing library of resources and content, covering the latest research, evidence and opinions into how our homes and the built environment can improve our comfort, wellbeing and the environment.
It’s an ambitious project that strives to bring together leading experts and thought leaders from across the UK and around the world to share their insights. And the vast catalogue of content we’ve created and curated over the last 12 months was recognised by the Construction Marketing Awards in November 2018 when we won the Best Use of Website award, as well as shortlisted for Best Digital Campaign.
This year, a range of experts such as architects, manufacturers, government partners, trade bodies, energy experts, interior designers, academics, technical professionals and psychologists have all contributed their thoughts and insights to the Multi Comfort website.
Here is a roundup of just some of the varied articles and content we’ve enjoyed this year.
And if you’d like to submit a guest article about how design, construction, our homes and the built environment can help our comfort and wellbeing, we’d love to hear from you.
10 of the top Multi Comfort articles of 2018
Office design trends for 2018, by Maria Lapuerta, project designer, Peldon Rose
In this article, Maria – a project designer from the award-winning office design, office refurbishment and workplace consultants, Peldon Rose – looked ahead at what workplace design trends we’d see more of this year. From flexible spaces and adding personality to introducing nature and focusing on wellbeing, the article explains why businesses will start to explore ways of looking after their employees and nurturing creativity, productivity and comfort.
Why we need to improve what we design and build to future proof the construction industry, Kathryn Lennon-Johnson, Built Environment Skills in Schools. (BESS)
BESS works with employers in the construction industry, along with schools and colleges, to encourage more young people to consider a career in the sector. In this article about improving what we design and build, Kathryn looks at why we need to change the narrative around construction, as well as the way we think and talk about the built environment, to engage with young people and tackle the skills shortage. Part of this includes thinking and talking about how our homes and buildings impact our wellbeing and day-to-day lives. If we build better things, we create a better world for everyone.
Why space is so important in our home, Lisa Raynes, Pride Road architects
Architect and founder of Pride Road Lisa Raynes discusses the growing trend for extensions and creating larger, shared family rooms in homes. With some statistics suggesting some homes are built smaller than the industry recommendations, Lisa explores why space is so important for our day-to-day lives. Our homes are where we live, eat, relax, work, study, play, entertain and sleep, so they need to serve multiple purposes if we’re to live comfortably.
The benefits of natural light in the home, James Lee, The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF)
Designing and building homes with lots of natural light can help to improve our visual comfort. As well as maximising daylight, views of nature and our surroundings can help improve our comfort, wellbeing and mood. In this article about the benefits of natural light in the home, the GGF’s James Lee explains the importance of energy efficient glazing in the home and how we can design and build with glass.
The benefits of leaving the office and exploring the outdoor world, Michael di Paola, Freshwalks
We spend up to 90% of our time indoors, but getting out into the fresh air – whether a walk around a city centre or heading to the countryside – has so many benefits, from creativity and productivity, to stress relief and connecting with colleagues. In this article, Freshwalks founder Michael di Paola explains why businesses should encourage their staff to take a break, head outside and explore our local environments.
The problem of clean indoor air as a luxury, Tom Cox, Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland
Did you know there’s a high-end hotel in Shanghai offering clean indoor air as one of its luxury features? Clean air is vital for human life – and the cleaner the air we breathe, the healthier we are. Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland’s Tom Cox explores the dangers of seeing clean air as a luxury, the risks of air pollution and what we can do to improve our indoor air comfort.
Are noisy neighbours making you ill? Ieuan Compton, Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland
If you’ve ever lived next door to noisy neighbours, you no doubt know how stressful it can be. But you might not have realised just how much of an impact the unwanted sounds and disturbances could have on your wellbeing. Here, Ieuan Compton from Saint-Gobain explains why noisy neighbours could make you ill, and what steps you can take to improve your acoustic comfort.
Designing for diversity, Dr Pragya Agarwal
When it comes to the perfect office environment, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. Inclusive design looks at the accessibility and usability of a space or product by a broad range of population – irrespective of any differences – without needing to adapt it. In this article, Dr Pragya Agarwal explains a number of factors that need to be considered in the early planning stages of office design to make the spaces comfortable and user-friendly for everyone.
The impact of the heatwave on our daily lives, Sarah Buchanan, Isover UK
The summer of 2018 will go down as the time when England made the semi-finals of the World Cup and Britain had a heatwave, with temperatures regularly topping 30 °C and higher for weeks on end. Whether you struggled to concentrate at work or sleep at night, chances are you felt the impact of the heatwave at some point. Here, Sarah Buchanan explains why taking a fabric first approach to designing and building our homes can improve our thermal comfort and wellbeing all year round – even in extreme temperatures.
Building our future with the APPG for Healthy Homes and Buildings, Jade Lewis, Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland
Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland’s director of advocacy, Jade Lewis, has been involved with the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Healthy Homes and Buildings since it launched in 2016. Here, Jade looks at the recent White Paper: ‘Building Our Future – Laying the Foundations for Healthy Homes and Buildings’ and explains the key points around designing and building homes to improve the comfort and wellbeing of occupants, and what the key recommendations are to improve the UK’s housing stock.
Do you want to join in the Multi Comfort conversation?
The more we understand about how design, building materials and construction all work together to impact our comfort and wellbeing, the more we can improve standards across the board. If you have any knowledge or opinions on the matter, we’d love to hear from you. Contact us about submitting a guest article and help us drive the conversation forward in 2019 and beyond.
Disclaimer: The sole responsibility for any views expressed lies with the author(s). Any opinions shared do not necessarily represent the views of Saint-Gobain.