The purpose of all buildings is to provide for our safety and security, to shelter us from the elements, and give us a place to gather, work, play and rest. DELOS® embraces a future in which our buildings provides for more than just our immediate safety and security, and function to actively improve our health and wellness. Delos’ central aim is to create and transform buildings to meet the highest standards of healthy living, marshaling the most promising medical research and advancements in architecture, technology, and design.
DELOS® is a world leader in understanding the complex relationship between our surroundings, behavior, and wellbeing. We have partnered with doctors to perform a rigorous review of medical literature relating health to indoor environmental quality, architecture, behavioral psychology, and innovative building technologies. These findings were organized into a comprehensive database that is constantly being updated.
DELOS® has built a robust framework for organizing and employing its research findings. The interactive graphic displayed here is a visual representation of our internal database, which houses over 1,000 peer-reviewed studies. The database divides all aspects of the built-environment into seven major categories, referred to as Concepts: Air, Water, Light, Nourishment, Fitness, Comfort, and Mind. Each of these Concepts is linked with one or more Domains of human health. These Domains are divided into 12 sections: Cardiovascular, Cosmetic, Respiratory, Emotional, Metabolic, Gastrointestinal, Health literacy, Longevity and Aging, Immune, Sleep, Musculoskeletal and Cognitive. The width of the colored chords connecting Concepts to Domains of Health represent the number of studies addressing that connection.
Please use your mouse to hover over any Concept or Health Domain to see its associated linkages.
This diagrammatic representation of the DELOS® database is illustratively useful in several ways. It conveys a sense of the complexity between our surroundings, lifestyle and health. The chart also gives us a clear picture of the relative importance of certain aspects of the environment as they pertain to particular domains of health. Some of these relationships may be intuitive – we clearly expect air quality to be closely linked with respiratory health. Yet, several relationships are more subtle – such as light’s surprisingly broad effect across several domains.