Evidence Based design transforming how we design build and maintain buildings

Date: 05 April 2016

British Gypsum recently held an event to launch its new online portal, Evidence Space, which has been designed to provide industry professionals with evidence-based design (EBD) research and solutions.

The event saw a panel of experts address commonly asked questions, such as what does EBD mean in practice; how can the building industry incorporate it into its work; and what benefits will the buildings of the future offer the end-user?


Dr Giuseppe Lacanna of Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden, kicked off the debate, focusing on how EBD can enhance quality of life.


Dr Michael Phiri from the University of Sheffield then went on to take a closer look at improving user outcomes by applying credible evidence in the design, build and management of the built environment. 

Using the Fable Hospital as an example, Dr Phiri discussed what we should expect from a good building, such as the proportion of single rooms a hospital should have, and concluded by saying: “Buildings shouldn’t be designed on cost alone. If you create a space based on the latest evidence available, it will pay for itself within five years’ time.”


The two keynote speakers were followed by Dr Kerstin Sailor, University College London, Richard Mazuch, director of design research and innovation at IBI Nightingale, and Monica Parker, founder of HATCH. The panel uncovered the benefits of EBD, with a specific focus on commercial and healthcare design and how it can help increase understanding of how buildings help or hinder occupants.


We believe everyone can play a part in delivering buildings that effect users and are always looking for people to contribute to the Evidence Space website, whether it be an authored blog, piece of research or insight. 

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