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Wood and Wellness take centre stage at TTJ Conference in February 2019
16th December 2018

TTJ Wellness and Wood conference

Wood and Wellness take centre stage at TTJ Conference in February 2019

TTJ Wellness and Wood conferenceThe Timber Trades Journal (TTJ) is organising a major conference in London in 2019 – Wood and Wellness – to look at wood’s role in this trend. Do trees and the wood products that derive from them have an opportunity the shape this new world of wellness?

The event at the Hilton Tower Bridge on 13 February 2019 – aimed at the timber sector, architects, interior designers and construction professionals – will include research presentations, case studies and discussion panels comprising experts from a variety of sectors to discuss the role that sustainable timber can play, not only in building the world in which we live and work, but also looking at the positive effects that the sympathetic use of timber could have on productivity, learning, recovery from serious illness and general sense of well-being.

“It has long been believed that exposure to the natural world can have a positive impact on health and well-being,” say the organisers.

“Now this world of wellness is becoming a mega trend in the built environment, with building and interior design increasingly taking into account the health and wellbeing of occupants.” 

Studies examining the positive impact that greater exposure to nature/natural products can have on health and wellbeing have highlighted some impressive results:

• Office design: productivity can be increased by 8% and rates of well-being increased by 13%*

• Education spaces: increased rates of learning, improved test results, concentration levels and attendance, reduced impacts of ADHD*

• Healthcare spaces: post-operative rates of recovery reduced by 8.5%, reduced pain medication by 22%*

• Retail: the presence of vegetation & landscaping has been found to increase average rental rates on retail spaces, with customers willing to pay 8 -12% more for goods and services*

• Homes: 7-8 % less crime attributed to areas with access to nature and can command an increase of 4-5% in property price*

As part of this trend, specification and use of materials are coming under scrutiny as never before.

Architects, specifiers, construction sector companies and others will have the opportunity for an early bird discount until January 13.

And members of the Timber Trade Federation, British Woodworking Federation, Wood for Good, Wood Protection Association and Structural Timber Association qualify for a 25% discount on the £150 ticket fee.

Members can contact their membership organisation for a discount code, or TTJ.

Wood and Wellness speakers will include Dr Ed Suttie, BRE Research Director; Oliver Heath, of Oliver Heath Design; David Borque, director of development for the National Forest; Oliver Jones, director of research at Ryder Architecture; and Meredith Bowles, of Mole Architects.

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