Today, all HLM Architect’s concept designs will be enhanced by utilising a new digital tool to ensure they are creating healthy environments.
After more than three years in development and testing, our digital team has launched HLM_Healthcheck, a digital tool that assesses how emerging building design concepts are likely to perform in terms of the quality of the environment for the people that use them.
The software provides all its designers with desktop access to a lifetime’s environmental sustainability knowledge. It enables very early design concepts to be tested for their impact on people’s health and wellbeing, without complex three-dimensional modelling.
HLM_Healthcheck uses best practice from a range of established environmental design guidelines, including CIBSE, BREEAM, and WELL to instantly identify if design adaptations are needed to ensure that the places and spaces we create will have good access to views and daylight, not overheat or have poor air quality, mitigate noise pollution and provide a connection with nature and other people.
It will be available to the HLM team from today and it marks a significant step in the business’s campaign to achieve the RIBA 2030 Sustainable Outcomes on all of its projects by 2025. Healthcheck is one of three digital tools that make up the Thoughtful Design Toolkit, which has already been shortlisted for Innovation of the Year at the BCIA Awards.
Together, the components of this toolkit provide data-driven analysis that puts people at the heart of design decision-making.
Philip Watson, Director and Head of Design, said, “The Thoughtful Design Toolkit addresses universal challenges that clients and designers face in the creation of the built environment. We asked ourselves the question: what if we had a tool that quickly enabled us to test whether early-stage concept designs would support people’s health and well-being and create environmentally sustainable buildings? We now have the answer: HLM_Healthcheck.”
For more information about HLM_Healthcheck and our Thoughtful Design Toolkit, go to our Digital Innovation page which can be found here.
Thoughtful Design Toolkit
Our Thoughtful Design Toolkit contains a suite of digital tools that enable designers and commissioning clients to define, develop and assess their building projects in an evidence-based way.
To find out more about the tools; HLM_Insight, HLM_Healthcheck, and HLM_Impact watch our Thoughtful Design Toolkit film and download our brochure.