HARMONIZING INTERIOR DESIGN: STRATEGIES TO ALLEVIATE SICK BUILDING SYNDROME THROUGH THOUGHTFUL FURISHINGS AND FINISHES

Authors

  • Jude Barnaby Department of Architecture, Faculty of Environment Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria
  • Dubem Ilouno Department of Architecture, Faculty of Environment Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria
  • Chrysanctus Onwurah Department of Health Promotion and Public Health Education Faculty of Education, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeri
  • Anthony Chijioke Ude Department of Philosophy and Religion Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu
  • Daniel Ibekwe Department of Architecture, Faculty of Environment Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria

Keywords:

Sick Building Syndrome (SBS), Interior Design, Furnishings, Finishes, Biophilic Design, Indoor Air Quality, Occupant Health

Abstract

Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) remains a prevalent concern in modern built environments, posing significant challenges to occupant health, productivity, and well-being. In response to this pressing issue, this paper presents a qualitative research study that explores the role of interior design in alleviating SBS symptoms through thoughtful furnishings and finishes. Drawing upon a combination of case studies and literature reviews, this research endeavors to elucidate the multifaceted dynamics at play and propose strategies for harmonizing interior design to mitigate the adverse effects of SBS. The study adopts a qualitative research methodology, integrating both case studies and a comprehensive literature review to provide a nuanced understanding of the relationship between interior design, furnishings, finishes, and SBS. The findings of this study underscore the transformative potential of interior design in addressing SBS and promoting occupant health and well-being. By embracing principles of biophilic design, selecting low-emission materials, optimizing ventilation systems, and fostering ergonomic comfort, interior designers can play a pivotal role in creating spaces that foster physical, mental, and emotional wellness. This paper contributes to the growing body of knowledge on SBS mitigation by offering practical insights and recommendations for interior design practitioners, building professionals, and policymakers. Through a holistic approach that considers the interplay between design elements and human health, we can strive towards creating built environments that not only inspire and delight but also nurture and sustain the well-being of their occupants.

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Published

2024-04-19

How to Cite

Barnaby, J. ., Ilouno, D. ., Onwurah, C., Ude, A. C., & Ibekwe, D. . (2024). HARMONIZING INTERIOR DESIGN: STRATEGIES TO ALLEVIATE SICK BUILDING SYNDROME THROUGH THOUGHTFUL FURISHINGS AND FINISHES. African Journal of Educational Management, Teaching and Entrepreneurship Studies, 11(2), 167-183. Retrieved from https://ajemates.org/index.php/ajemates/article/view/432

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