Outdoor living spaces have the potential to contribute to human health and well-being through biophilic design. By choosing the appropriate materials and systems, particularly for decks and porches, outdoor living spaces offer benefits beyond aesthetics and can further help meet sustainability goals. Lifecycle, safety, and eco-friendly materials should all be considered when designing for outdoor living.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine the ways in which nature and biophilic design contribute to human health, well-being, and cognitive function.
  • Compare and contrast deck and porch construction materials and systems that can be specified in outdoor living projects.
  • Explore opportunities to address occupant well-being and safety by specifying and installing products that create a more sustainable built environment.
  • Review current design trends in outdoor living spaces and the biophysical impact that nature and outdoor design have on occupancy welfare.

Pre-Requisite: None