Join IWBI at Futurebuild

Join IWBI at Futurebuild

Friday, February 15, 2019
/ By:
Kristen Coco


IWBI is excited to engage with the industry in the UK to demonstrate the benefits of supporting people’s health and well-being. As a strategic partner of Futurebuild, and headline partner of the new Interiors Hub together with Milliken and Herman Miller, we want to ensure that designing for health and well-being will be central to the agenda. 

Join us at the Futurebuild Interiors Hub (C178) as we showcase the latest research, case studies and practical design guidance. Connect with industry peers and participate in more than a dozen sessions across the three-day exhibition, running from 5-7 March at London’s ExCeL. 

Visit the IWBI team – Ann Marie Aguilar, Victoria Lockhart, Mona Holtkötter – at the Interiors Hub to learn more about WELL and better buildings that help people thrive. We’ll also be sharing healthy snacks each day, courtesy of Healthy Nibbles, and you can participate in a short mindfulness meditation session on the final day.

Don’t miss your chance to be part of the event that will shape the future of the built environment in the UK. View the complete Interiors Hub seminar programme: Register for free today:


10:30 - 11:40

WELL v2: The next version of the WELL Building Standard

Join IWBI for a discussion of the evolution of the WELL v2 pilot, the next version of the WELL Building Standard. This includes key enhancements, an overview of changes made to each concept and the value of working with WELL v2. This event is geared towards those who have their WELL AP credential or are experienced with WELL.

  • Victoria Lockhart, Director of Market Development, Europe, IWBI
  • Mona Holtötter, Senior Associate, Market Solutions


12:00 – 13:10

Designing for cognitive wellness

A workplace that helps people think better drives business results. Cognition is the way we acquire knowledge and understanding through thought, experience and our senses. A workplace that takes cognition into consideration in its design, including decreasing mental load and cognitive mapping, helps us feel better. And when we feel better, we work better. Herman Miller's Insights will introduce participants to cognitive ergonomics and its implications for office design.

  • Bertie van Wyk, Workplace Specialist, Herman Miller


13:30 – 14:40 

Biophilic Offices

Biophilic design acknowledges that we are genetically connected to nature and that a human-centred approach can improve many of the spaces that we live and work, with numerous benefits to our health and well-being and efficiency. The scientific evidence for the positive influence of biophilic design, on people’s health and well-being of is substantial and growing. In an office environment this is shown as quantified improvements in productivity, wellness and a reduction in days absent due to illness. Explore biophilic design and how this evidenced-based approach can benefit workplace wel-lbeing and the triple bottom line.

  • Haley Van Wagenen, Associate (Interiors Lead), London SOM
  • Oliver Heath, Oliver Heath Design
  • Flavie Lowres, Associate Director, BRE



Stop by the Interiors Hub (C178) for a free, healthy snack break, courtesy of Healthy Nibbles.


15:00 – 16:10

Putting WELL into the heart of design

Companies are increasingly investing in environments that support employee happiness and well-being. Edge, designers of the first WELL Certified Platinum building in Europe, The Crown Estate Head Office at 1 St James’s Market, London, will present an informative and interactive session about the business case for wellness in the workplace. The discussion will include: 

  1. Current views on why wellness is important in the built environment 
  2. How these views have evolved 
  3. What this means with projects where there is a commitment to wellness principles as a driver of workplace design 
  4. How investing in wellness makes a difference to a company’s perception and performance, delivering greater staff satisfaction, well-being and productivity
  • Racheal Cadey, Founder, Project Principal and Director
  • Michael Fern, Project Principal and Director


16:30 - 17:40

Using the RESET indoor air quality standard to drive impact and action

RESET Air is a standard and certification specifically designed for measuring and benchmarking indoor air quality on an ongoing basis. The session will explore the key components in the RESET process, and provide insights into why it works and the benefits to a RESET certified building. We'll also explore RESET air quality data, and discuss how RESET has improved air quality and well-being programmes at two buildings in London. ​

  • Sam Carson, Director of Sustainability, Carbon Credentials


ECOBUILD CONFERENCE / Time for Action: Meeting the Challenges, Making the Commitments

Note: The following panel is part of the ecobuild Conference and will be held at the main stage.

16:30 – 17:40

The Health and Well-being Challenge – Putting health and well-being at the heart of building design

The factors that can put health and well-being at the heart of building design, helping to benefit human well-being and productivity and reduce demand on the NHS.

  • Chair: Anne Godfrey, Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health
  • Jim Shannon, MP, and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Healthy Homes and Buildings
  • Sani Dimitroulopoulou, Principal Environmental Public Health Scientist – Indoor Environments, Public Health England (PHE) 
  • Emer O’Connell, Consultant in Public Health, Public Health England (PHE)
  • Charlotte Clark, Associate, Arup
  • Oliver Heath, Oliver Heath, Director of Oliver Heath Design  
  • Ann Marie Aguilar, Director of Operations (Europe), IWBI



10:30 – 11:40

The WELL Building Standard (WELL v2) and how floor covering impacts health and well-being

This CPD presentation initially provides delegates with an insight into why health and well-being is becoming increasingly important in the built environment. It goes on to review the latest version of the WELL Building Standard and highlights how floor coverings specifically feature in the standard and consider how various aspects of floor coverings can help architects to achieve the WELL standard.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Discuss the key reasons for designing spaces with a primary focus on human health and well-being 
  2. Explore the WELL Building Standard and learn about the key features and ways to certify your next project 
  3. Learn how the WELL Living Lab is contributing to future WELL Building Standard features 
  4. Demonstrate ways floor covering can contribute to the WELL Building Standard and to designing spaces with a focus on human health and well-being
  • Kate Burnett, Strategic Marketing Manager, WELL AP, Milliken


12:00 – 13:10

Physical health in the workplace

Design starts with the person and how the human body fits into the workplace system is what will explore. We’ll talk about how and why the body experiences pain at work and how, by good design can this be minimized. The impact of sedentary office behaviours, the effects it is having on our bodies and the importance of the full range of movement. We are all aware of the aches the pains but what is going on inside our bodies?

  • Lillian Antonio, Senior Ergonomist, Herman Miller


13:30 – 14:40

Safe and circular interiors

In this session we will focus on how circularity and material health goals translate to your building. Creating a circular economy in which buildings function as material banks begins with choosing – and integrating – safe, healthy products and materials into every project. But what opportunities and barriers exist into making smart material choices to realise circular building projects? Through first-hand experiences and real-world examples shared by experts from the field, we will explore tools and frameworks that will help you understand and apply smart decision-making to help you deliver material health and circularity goals at the building level. We will reflect on national and international research and practices focussed on the barriers and opportunities to create circular and healthy buildings and systems. From the molecule to the metropolis.

  • Thijs Maartens, Senior Engagement and Strategy Manager, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovations Institute



Stop by the Interiors Hub (C178) for a free, healthy snack break, courtesy of Healthy Nibbles.


15:00 – 16:10

Human centric design and mindfulness in the workplace 

The discourse on sustainability has led to increasing awareness, especially over the last two decades, on how to design buildings to be more sustainable.  Yet the question we pose is, are there suitable interventions for employees to help support their well-being? 

The physical design of the workplace and the organisational culture within, has an undeniable physical and emotional impact on people; this in turn naturally has a direct correlation on productivity and, of course, the performance of the organisation. As a consequence, the wellness and well-being of employees is an important consideration when planning changes to a business, in terms of operations and strategy. 

As designers we are in the privileged position on influencing a more conscious and intentional design approach to create places and spaces, which seek to enable all people to function in a more natural rhythm within their environment. This requires a progressive and proactive approach to placing the individual at the centre of a human centric design brief. The result will be the curation of environments that achieve a more positive response, both physically and emotionally to peoples’ immediate surroundings.

Given 90% of a business’ typical operating finances are related to staff costs, creating a stimulating environment through human-centric design and evaluation is vital for a flourishing business. This session seeks to explore how we can place people at the heart of a design brief to create a culture that is both supportive, nurturing, and ultimately leads to a successful business philosophy.

  • Chair: Ann Marie Aguilar, Director of Operations, Europe, IWBI
  • Joyce Chan, Head of Sustainability, HOK London Studio
  • Trina Marshall, Principal, Regional Leader of Consulting, HOK London Studio


16:30 – 17:40

Finding products that are good for both people and planet

Thoughtful material specification has always been a core activity in the world of sustainable design and construction. But as our understanding and definitions of what defines a healthy, sustainable choice expands, it’s growing increasingly challenging to navigate the market to find the blend attributes that matter most to your projects. Join us to learn more about green material properties, and how the industry-led mindful MATERIALS (mM) initiative is making finding those products quicker and easier than ever before.

  • Philippa Gill, Partner, Verdextra
  • Henning Bloech, Founder, Sustaineer Consulting
  • Rebecca Best, Chief Marketing Officer, GIGA



10:30 – 11:40

Well-being in workplace design

A workplace that helps us initiate and regulate social interaction, and that takes into consideration factors like personal space, physical and psychological proximity, and territoriality, helps us feel better. And when we feel better, we work better. We will explore in workshop format how social ergonomics interacts with cognitive and physical ergonomics to create a full human experience at work.

  • Bertie van Wyk, Workplace Specialist, Herman Miller



Stop by the Interiors Hub (C178) for a free, healthy snack break, courtesy of Healthy Nibbles.


12:00 – 13:10

Creating the world’s best employee experience

Leesman measures employee experience via the Leesman Index—a global business intelligence tool that captures employee feedback on how effectively the workplace supports them and their work—and then benchmarks the performance of the workplace against the world’s largest employee workplace experience database. Allison English will share the latest exciting insights from the database with more than 490,000 responses.

  • Allison English, Client Services Director, Leesman



Mindfulness uncovered -- You hear it mentioned a lot but what exactly is it?

Join Stephen Marks for a brief introduction to mindfulness followed by a short meditation session.

  • Stephen Marks, Wellness Consultant, WELL AP, Mind Body Building



Delivering the new Deloitte London office: a world-leading workplace for sustainability and well-being 

1 New Street Square is the largest office in the world to achieve leading certifications for being both an exemplar green building and one designed to enhance the well-being of its people: BREEAM Outstanding and WELL Certified™ Gold. Hear insights from the team that delivered this world-leading building for sustainability and well-being, and a workplace that benefits staff, clients and the environment.

  • Joe Croft, Head of Environmental and Sustainability, Overbury & Morgan Lovell
  • Tom Spurrier, Senior Associate, Hoare Lea


14:50 - 15:50

Designing for Ageing Populations

This session will evaluate the lessons learned from the creation of a Dementia-friendly home on BRE’s Innovation Park in Watford. Opened in 2018, the BRE are seeking to understand what aspects of construction impact ageing populations and are establishing good practice for the design of buildings for an ageing population.

  • Matt Barker, BRE Centre for Resilience

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