Arup creates tool to track a building’s impact on wellness

UK consulting engineer Arup has teamed up with American wellness real estate firm Delos to create a tool to monitor the wellbeing of building users.

The BUS Wellbeing survey combines the existing standard BUS Methodology Occupant Satisfaction Survey and Delos’ Building Wellness Survey.

Arup acquired BUS Methodology in 2009 and created the BUS Partner Network in 2013.

The BUS Wellbeing covers a range of criteria such as air quality, lighting and access to nature and meets the precondition survey criteria in the WELL Building Standard for both WELL version one and two.

The survey is available in multiple languages with location-specific sets and is already being used by US healthcare firm Adventist Health.

Darren Wright, Arup Building Performance and Systems director, said: "While the standard BUS Methodology Occupant Satisfaction Survey focuses on occupants’ experience of a building e.g. thermal comfort, air quality, lighting, personal control, the Delos Building Wellness Survey assesses their wellbeing in terms of access to nature, nutrition, physical activity and mental health.

"By combining the two, the new survey offers clients a more comprehensive analysis of how a building’s design impacts its staff and business."

Image: Arup’s Boston office (Darrin Scott Hunter/Arup)

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