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Building Systems | WoodWorks

Institutional/Healthcare

Occupant environment and sustainability tend to be key drivers for the use of wood in institutional and healthcare settings. Institutional buildings include assisted living, foster care and social rehabilitation facilities, overnight clinics and treatment centers, and mental health facilities. Building materials have the potential to positively influence the experience of occupants for these types of uses. The term biophilia describes the instinctive connection and attraction people have to natural materials, and many designers cite the warm and natural attributes of wood as a reason for its use. Evidence also suggests that the use of natural materials can contribute to an individual’s sense of well-being, productivity and health.