Today, Delos™, a U.S.-based wellness real estate and technology firm, announced plans to build and operate its second Well Living Lab, which is slated to open in Beijing, China in the Fall of 2018. The Well Living Lab (China) will be the first scientific research center in Asia to integrate building science, behavioral science, and health science to help quantify and ultimately improve the impact that indoor environments have on human health, wellness, comfort, and performance. Through this research, the Lab aims to spur innovations that will help address indoor environmental challenges specifically related to the local climate, environment and culture in China.
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“As we look for more efficient ways to address indoor environmental challenges related to human health and wellness, it is important to localize our scientific efforts,” said Peter Scialla, Chief Operating Officer of Delos. “China is faced with serious environmental challenges, and we hope the new Well Living Lab in China will pioneer internationalization efforts to find solutions that will help improve the health of building occupants throughout China.”
In addition to its Beijing location, the Well Living Lab (China) intends to establish several satellite research facilities in major Chinese cities, and will work closely with Chinese research institutions and real estate partners to integrate local research goals into a broader global agenda. The launch of the Well Living Lab (China) follows the May 2016 opening of the Well Living Lab (U.S.), extending its groundbreaking technology platform and human-subject research approach to the Chinese market. The Well Living Lab (U.S.) is a collaboration between Delos and Mayo Clinic, ranked by U.S. News and World Reports as the number one hospital overall as well as number one in more specialties than any other hospital in the United States.
“Mayo Clinic offers hope to millions of people around the world who are asking medical questions and seeking answers they can’t find anywhere else,” states Dr. Brent Bauer, Medical Director of the Well Living Lab and Mayo Clinic Professor and Medical Director of the Mayo Clinic Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program. “The science behind indoor environments that supports people’s health and wellness is a new frontier. We are excited to be part of this movement.”
The Well Living Lab (China) will conduct research on the ways in which air, light, water, thermal conditions, acoustics, occupant behavior, and policy in buildings can impact occupants’ health, wellness, comfort, and performance, subject to local conditions, including public health concerns, geographic issues, and economic statuses, as well as local codes, standards and regulations. This will be made possible by the state-of-the-art infrastructure of the Lab, which will feature 25,000 square feet of sensor rich, reconfigurable space where researchers can monitor and test products and systems with human subjects in simulated, real-world environments.
The Lab will feature a wide array of sensors, including environmental and biometric sensors, as well as the ability to control environmental conditions with a high degree of precision. The Lab’s sensors and control capabilities will be managed through a custom, state-of-the-art cloud infrastructure, which can be extended for use with other research facilities or real-world buildings for larger studies.
“We are excited to launch a new lab in China and to dedicate our efforts to research how wellness focused building techniques can apply to local conditions, public health concerns, in China,” said Dana Pillai, president of Delos Labs and executive director of the Well Living Lab (U.S.). “We look forward to working closely with local experts and our Chinese colleagues in related fields, in the hopes of spearheading new findings that can be applied to improve people’s lives throughout China.”
The Well Living Lab (China) will be located in the northeast quarter of Beijing in China’s first wellness-oriented industrial park, which is being developed by Sino-Ocean Group. Delos is also working with Sino-Ocean Group to develop the Well Living Lab (China).
“We welcome the Well Living Lab (China) into Yingchuang Wellness Industrial Park,” said Ming Li, chairman and CEO of Sino-Ocean Group. “The Park is a successful result of Sino-Ocean’s continuous efforts to promote ‘Healthy Building’, and is positioned to incubate and nurture the growth of a new sector of wellness-oriented businesses in China, and we believe the Lab will be the driving force and an engine to attract enterprises focused on health, wellness and innovation.”
A feature story about the Well Living Lab in Rochester, Minnesota was published in the journal Nature, recognizing the Lab’s unique, human-centered, simulated environment and contribution to an emerging, important field of research. Through the Well Living Lab Alliance program, the Rochester Lab currently offers collaboration opportunities for organizations that wish to help generate new knowledge and support the Lab’s mission of transforming human health in the indoor environment. The highest level of commitment available is the Well Living Lab Founding Alliance Membership. Current Founding Alliance Members include: Arup, CBRE Group, Inc., Essentia, HOK, IBM, IFF, Ketra, Lendlease, Sino-Ocean Group Holding Limited and View Inc. To learn more about membership opportunities, please visit welllivinglab.com/membership-alliance/.
As the pioneer of Wellness Real Estate™, Delos is transforming our homes, offices, schools, and other indoor environments by placing health and wellness at the center of design and construction decisions. Delos helps create spaces that actively contribute to human health, performance and well-being by marrying the best innovations in technology, health, science, and real estate. The Delos platform includes programming, design, consulting, research, and an array of innovative solutions and technologies designed to improve health and well-being. More information on Delos is available at www.delos.com.
About the Well Living Lab (U.S.)
A collaboration of Delos and Mayo Clinic, the Well Living Lab (U.S.) is the first human-centered research facility dedicated to identifying how buildings—and everything that goes in them—impacts human health and well-being. The purpose of the Well Living Lab (U.S.) is to study these indoor environments and create healthier indoor spaces in which to work, live and play. A world-class, multi-disciplinary research approach guides the work of the Well Living Lab (U.S.), as scientific and medical experts from Mayo Clinic and around the world conduct and translate research that leads to solutions for healthier indoor environments. The Well Living Lab (U.S.) is unique in that research is conducted on real people, in real-world settings. This is made possible by the revolutionary infrastructure of the Well Living Lab (U.S.), which features 7,500 square feet of sensor rich, reconfigurable space where researchers can monitor and test products and systems on human subjects in simulated, real-world, built environments.
About Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization committed to medical research and education, and providing expert whole-person care to everyone who needs healing. For more information, visit http://mayoclinic.org, and www.newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org.
About Sino-Ocean Group
Founded in 1993, Sino-Ocean Group was listed on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on September 28, 2007 and has become one of the top ten Mainland real estate companies listed in Hong Kong. In March 2008 Sino-Ocean Group was selected as a constituent of the Hang Seng Hong Kong Composite Index and the Hang Seng China-Affiliated Corp Index. The Company is mainly engaged in four business sectors which are respectively the development of mid to high-end residential properties, premium office buildings and retail properties, real estate financing and customer services which consisting of property management and senior living business. With “Health and Wellness in Built Environment” as the product concept, Sino-Ocean Group has already set up the “Sino-Ocean” brand awareness in Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, northeast China, Central China and Southern China by the consistent high quality projects and service. For more information, please visit: www.sinooceangroup.com