Wood is Good for Wellbeing and Health

Surrey Memorial Hospital Emergency Department and Critical Care Tower, B.C. | Photo: Ed White Photographics

Research is confirming what many already inherently know: being exposed to nature — and natural organic materials — not only calms one’s mind, it may also have a role in preventing and treating disease.

“We are wired to recognize things in nature that benefit us. For most of our evolution, humans have had a close relationship to trees and wood, so it’s only natural that its visible presence has a positive effect on our well-being.”

David Fell, former Research Leader, FPInnovations.

Our positive response to wood suggests it’s a good choice for health-care environments. It’s also considered hypoallergenic, as its smooth surfaces are easy to clean.

Wood harvested from sustainably managed forests provides high-quality design solutions. It’s well-suited for economical and timely construction — notably in hard to reach places, including downtown sites and remote locations.

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