Delos China and Panasonic Announced Collaboration to Advance Research on Well Living

Beijing, China (March 6, 2019) Delos China announced today that it had reached a strategic cooperation agreement with Panasonic, allowing the two parties to work together to enhance the research capability of Delos’ Well Living Lab (China). Leveraging each party’s knowledge and technology, Delos China and Panasonic are committed to exploring the co-relations between human health and the indoor environments, and helping people achieve a better future for health and well-being.

“This partnership with Panasonic attests the Delos vision to innovate well by enabling our broader industry through far-reaching collaborations,” said Peter Scialla, President and Chief Operating Officer of Delos. “Advanced knowledge of healthy living and innovative solutions will benefit all people around the world.”

Well Living Lab (China) is the first scientific research center in Asia to integrate building sciences, behavioral sciences and health sciences to help quantify and ultimately improve the impact that indoor environments have on human health, wellness, comfort and performance. The Lab is comprised of 25,000 square feet of sensor rich, state-of-the-art reconfigurable spaces where researchers can monitor and test products and systems with human subjects in simulated, real-world environments.

“Panasonic will conduct joint research with Delos China on healthy living environments such as houses and offices,” said Hideyuki Oka, Managing Officer and Director of Engineering Division, Eco Solutions Co., Panasonic Corp.. “Through this collaborations with our strategic partners in China, Panasonic and Delos China will contribute to offer healthy and comfortable living space with added value in China.”

Delos China will use the Well Living Lab (China) to train new research talents in the wellness sector for its partners and collaborators and help them fulfill their social responsibilities in relation to wellness and health.

To address issues posted by the climate, environment and certain lifestyle challenges in  China, Well Living Lab (China) will focus its research efforts on discovering and interpreting the co-relations among the outdoor environment,  indoor environment and human health. The Lab’s research  facilities include the main laboratory area  and a rotating laboratory, as well as potential satellite and scientists’ remote labs. The rotating laboratory is China’s first 360-degree rotating lab for conducting experiments focused on healthy living.  It can simulate and test the indoor environment and building performance in any orientation and provides opportunities to mitigate seasonal factors of solar heat gain and glare. Well Living Lab China’s research projects will cover sectors and multiple research topics that highly concern the market, including healthy office, healthy home, high-density space, senior apartments, apartments for long-term leasing, hotels, shared space, exhibition halls, classrooms and other key environment types.

The cooperation between Delos China and Panasonic is expected to create a new journey for experiments on healthy living, promote the development of China’s healthy living market, and lead a new trend of healthier living for all people in China.

 

About Delos China:

Delos (China) is the China arm of Delos, a 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 wellness 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 wellness. Delos formed the International WELL Building InstituteTM pbc (“IWBI”), which manages the WELL Building StandardTM and WELL Certification program, which is third party verified by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). Click here to learn more about Delos.

 

About the Well Living Lab (China):

Well Living Lab (China) is the first of its kind in Asia, a 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 (China) is to study these indoor environments and create healthier indoor spaces in which to work, live and play. Delos announced the establishment of the Well Living Lab (China) in Beijing in early 2017.

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Deepak Chopra has a prescription for what ails technology

LAS VEGAS — Deepak Chopra pulls back his sleeve to show me his Fitbit. His heart rate is 69 beats per minute.

“I can consciously bring it down,” he says. “This technology is helping me become a better Yogi.”

Chopra, a physician and celebrity wellness adviser, is known for promoting the benefits of meditation — clearing the distractions that clutter the mind. Now he has become a gadget guy, embracing the industry many think is making us less healthy and less happy.

He collects data on his sleep, his breathing and his stress. He lives in a “smart home” that controls his circadian rhythms through Internet-connected lights. And he thinks all of us should, too. “I think in today’s age everybody is a tech guy. You have to be, otherwise you become irrelevant,” he says.

We have met to walk the halls of CES, the tech industry’s largest annual trade show. It is the most connected, most surveilled, most overstimulated place on earth. I had expected Chopra would take one look at me, a tech journalist, and recommend unplugging — perhaps long walks on the beach, or moving to a yurt.

Boy was I wrong. Chopra’s prescription for what ails technology is more technology, just used in a different way. It goes way beyond meditation apps.

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“I’m an optimist by nature, okay, so that includes technology,” he says. He recalls his first high-tech encounter, when he was introduced to a television upon coming to the United States in 1970. “In color, with a remote control — it blew my mind,” he says. “The first time I saw a fax machine, I couldn’t believe it. Somebody told me you know you’re going to have video fax in the future — I said no.”

Today Chopra has financial interest in being a tech evangelist. He gives talks to Silicon Valley companies, uses Facebook and Twitter to build an audience and has his own wellness app called Jiyo. And he is an adviser to a tech company called Delos, which brought him to CES to talk about its smart home software called Darwin that Chopra uses in his own New York City home. It gathers data about air, water and lighting and controls it using algorithms Delos says promote “cardiovascular, respiratory, sleep, immune and cognitive health.”

I have little doubt Chopra thinks deeply, and regularly, about tech. His ready answer to “Are we living in a simulation?” is practical, not dystopian. “Yes, I think your body mind and the world that you experience is a human construct. And what we call the universe is human experience through a human nervous system,” he says.

Chopra does have a tech diet. He wakes at 5 a.m. to meditate and exercise. Then he spends an hour focused on “mindful technology,” including posting and interacting with people on social media. For the rest of the day he keeps his iPhone XS Max with him, but not out. In the afternoon, he dives back in for focused time with emails. “Even technology is a meditative experience because when I’m focused on technology that’s all I do,” he says.

“I think technology has created a lot of stress for a lot of people, but that’s not the fault of technology. It’s the fault of the people who use technology,” he says.

He acknowledges the tech industry’s recent challenges with data lapses and misinformation, which he likens to puberty. “Mistakes will help us evolve better technologies,” he says. Regulation is necessary and coming soon, he predicts.

A single tweet from President Trump can cause “mass inflammation,” he says. Yet that makes him no less optimistic about technology. He sees the Internet as a kind of “global brain” that can be rewired.

A man plays Beat Saber at a Playstation VR display at the Sony Exhibit at the Las Vegas Convention Center during CES 2019. (David McNew/AFP/Getty Images) (David Mcnew/AFP/Getty Images)
Chopra says he was recently watching a 2-year-old play on an iPad. “The new generation of children, their brains are going to be totally different,” he says.

Indeed, that terrifies many, I respond — perhaps that 2-year-old should have been outdoors playing with wooden blocks. “Why can’t the kid do both?” he says. “You know, the fact is every time a new development happens, there’s a school of thought that this is going to ruin humanity.”

More data is what he thinks we need. “Let’s do it wisely. Technology is neutral, number one. Number two, it’s unstoppable,” he says.

For example, Delos, the company he advises, uses data to help bring people’s homes into better harmony with the natural world. It wakes residents with blue light and helps them get to sleep by shifting to yellow in the evening.

“In the past you didn’t need circadian lighting because you went to sleep when the sun set, and you woke up and the sun rose. But ever since the invention of the lightbulb we are able to violate everything that is possible to violate to ruin our biology. So now we have to resort to technology to bring us back to our natural state which is oneness with the environment,” Chopra says.

So we just have to accept more surveillance as the price of this new way of living? “For the advancement of your well-being, what’s wrong with that?” he says.

But if we turn our homes and our bodies over to algorithms, how do we know they have our best interests at heart?

“They have to be tested, and they have to go through peer review. They have to be scientifically validated as being useful in enhancing our well-being,” he says.

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And tech companies will fail if they do not, Chopra says. “The businesses that will survive in the future are the businesses that improve the quality of life on our planet, the quality of the environment, the quality of our relationships and the quality of our social interactions,” he says.

He is not alone in that view. Earlier this week, Apple CEO Tim Cook told CNBC, “I believe, if you zoom out into the future, and you look back, and you ask the question, ‘What was Apple’s greatest contribution to mankind?’ It will be about health.”

Chopra lays out a remarkably specific vision of how tech will evolve our lives: “The future of our well-being and the future of technology are tied in,” he says. “I believe that in five years from now when you go to see a physician, instead of getting a prescription you might get a technology session for reducing inflammation in your body or regulating a blood pressure.”

Moving to a yurt would be like giving up. “I believe technology is part of human evolution, and it’s here to stay. If you don’t adapt to it and you don’t use it creatively, then according to Darwinian principles you will soon be extinct,” he says.

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We got a peak at the KB Home Projekt, The Smart House of the Future. Here’s what we found.

On the eve of the world’s largest consumer electronics show in Las Vegas, construction giant KB Home unveiled the first full-scale prototype smart home of the future – and gave us the very first peek inside.

The home, called Builder KB Home ProjeKt, sits at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac in Henderson, Nevada, a 15-minute drive south of The Strip. The 3,200-square-foot concept house is the first-of-its-kind marriage of smart home systems and Jetsons-like tech, built from the foundation-up with over 400 gadgets working (mostly) in harmony.

A smart speaker that controls living room lighting or a video doorbell that streams a live feed from the front porch is about as far into smart home tech as many Americans are willing to tread. According to NPD, just over 15 percent of Americans have even a single smart home device, though that number is rapidly growing.

The Builder KB Home ProjeKt, on the other hand, envelopes you in smart systems the moment you turn the knob. Walking in the front door prompts the house to “wake up.” Blinds rise, lights come on – mimicking the natural light outside to match the body’s circadian rhythms – and a robot named Keeker rolls by to welcome you home.

The super-smart home has no shortage of familiar gadgets – 76 connected lights, Google Home integration, a smart refrigerator that can communicate with an app connected oven and dishwasher, and a personalized showering experience thanks to Kohler – but the building’s smarts go much, much deeper.

In the Projekt master bathroom, the mirror is a smart device, and smart appliances are sprinkled throughout.
In the Projekt master bathroom, the mirror is a smart device, and smart appliances are sprinkled throughout. (Photo: KB Home)
Outside, solar energy is sucked up and funneled into massive Powerwall batteries built by Tesla to drive the home’s advanced networks. Inside, Google Home works hand-in-hand with an advanced lifestyle system called Darwin to monitor indoor air quality, temperature, and sync the home’s smart lighting to match the human body’s natural rhythms, promoting quality sleep and overall wellness.

In this smart home prototype, the walls move to create different spaces.
In this smart home prototype, the walls move to create different spaces. (Photo: KB Home)
Then there’s a wall that, well, moves. No, seriously, the Builder KB Home ProjeKt is equipped with a movable wall that completely changes the look and feel of a living space, from home office to a guest room, in a snap. Meanwhile, next to the kitchen, another wall has a vegetable and herb garden growing out of it, with a series of sophisticated lights and sprayers, so you can harvest veggies for the freshest of home cooking.

While we’ve already seen all of the specific connected gadgets installed in the Builder KB Home ProjeKt before, we’ve never seen them all in under one roof. While the early prototype results can be laggy at times – in that you give the house the command and it takes a few seconds before anything obvious happens – it offers the real glimpse of what our home-lives might look like in the not-so-distant future.

“We’re always exploring where tomorrow is going to be. There’s a saying if you want to predict the future, the best to do that is to create it yourself,” Jacob Atalla, VP of Sustainability for KB Home tells me as we stroll through the house. Atalla also says there’s increased demand for homes that offer people more in terms of health, wellness, flexibility and sustainability. “We’re going from smart to smarter,” he adds, “to a home that starts to think for itself, on behalf of the people who live there.”

The base price of the home, based on location, square footage, and other factors, would be around $400,000, but this one’s not actually for sale. With higher-end finishes and teched-out to the hilt, the cost of this souped-up version as it sits today is more than double that, but KB Home is optimistic that as these advanced features are adopted more widely the prices will become much more affordable.

No one can say for certain just how long it’ll be before such total tech integration becomes the new norm, but the Builder KB Home ProjeKt shows that the future of high tech living might already be closer than you think.

Jennifer Jolly is an Emmy Award-winning consumer tech contributor and host of USA TODAY’s digital video show TECH NOW. Email her at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @JenniferJolly.

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Builder KB Home to Offer ‘Wellness’ Software as Smart Home Race Heats Up

KB Home today said it will begin offering home buyers technology to make their households healthier. Starting this spring the Los Angeles-based homebuilder will sell an add-on, known as Darwin, to buyers in California, with plans to eventually roll it out nationally. Darwin is designed by Delos, a New York-based technology startup that has raised over $200 million to develop what it calls “wellness real estate.”

KB and Delos’ announcement follows a string of smart home integrations by major homebuilders. The deal is Delos’ first with a volume builder in the United States. In December Australia’s Simonds, which builds between 3,000 and 4,000 homes annually, piloted Darwin in the state of Victoria and now plans to incorporate the technology into every new home it builds. KB builds approximately 11,000 homes a year.

Darwin can be integrated with smart home platforms including Google Home and Kreston. DELOS
Delos Founder and CEO Paul Scialla calls Darwin a “wellness brain for the home.” The platform uses a combination of hardware and software to monitor and control air quality, water filtration and circadian lighting. Input your sleep schedule on the app and Darwin will automatically adjust your home’s lighting to mimic the rising and setting sun to help regulate your energy levels. Meanwhile, sensors measure allergens and other harmful substances in the air and kick filtration systems into overdrive if levels become too high. In the future Delos plans to integrate kitchen appliances, bathroom scales and other smart home or wearable devices.

“This is meant to take the conversation of smart home into smart-healthy,” says Scialla. “A home is not smart if it is not healthy.”

The companies declined to say exactly how much integrating Darwin will cost. In Australia, Scialla says, the technology adds around $20 to monthly payments on a $300,000 home with a 30-year mortgage. Sold individually, Darwin starts at about $3,500. For custom integrations, pricing depends on the amount of hardware needed and the quality of fixtures a homeowner chooses. (Delos builds the software, but relies on third-party hardware, which it says gives customers more options.)

Scialla started Delos in 2009. The former Goldman Sachs partner saw an opportunity to build a big business by combining the world’s largest asset class, real estate, with the fast growing health and wellness industry. To start he took a page from the LEED green-building movement, creating the Well Building Standard and selling commercial building certifications. Over 300 million square feet of office space has been deemed Well, including the Citi Tower in Hong Kong and Hyatt’s Chicago headquarters. Hotel chains MGM and the Four Seasons have partnered with Delos to install chemical-free mattresses and lighting designed to fight jet lag. By expanding into residential offerings, Delos is finally entering the space where people spend most of their time and money.

As for KB, its shares dropped 40% in 2018. A basket of homebuilding stocks declined 27%, as the housing market softened and homebuilders fought rising labor and material costs. These headwinds are forcing homebuilders to get creative to distinguish their properties and make the case for buying new.

In May, Lennar, one of KB’s largest competitors, began allowing Amazon to use its model homes as showrooms. KB Home has leaned hard into sustainability for over a decade and began offering Google Assistant technology in September. KB is also experimenting with producing homes in factories. (Both Delos and Google technology will be featured prominently in the KB Home ProjeKt, a model home of the future on display as a part of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week.)

Says Dan Bridleman, head of sustainability and technology at KB: “Instead of health and wellness as an obscure thing here is a way to demonstrate how to use technology to make your home give back to you.”

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Delos Debuts DARWIN at CES 2019 — The World’s First Home Wellness Intelligence Network

Experience the DARWIN™ Home Wellness Intelligence Network for the first time at CES. DARWIN is designed to enhance human health, well-being and performance by monitoring, calibrating and responding to changing indoor environmental conditions.

New York, New York (January 7, 2018) — Delos™, a wellness real estate and technology firm based in New York, will showcase the DARWIN Home Wellness Intelligence Network for the first time in the U.S. during CES from January 7 to 11, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Leveraging Delos’ position as the pioneer of wellness real estate, and building on seven years of research with leading experts and institutions, the DARWIN Home Wellness Intelligence Network is a groundbreaking offering that seeks to turn your home into a catalyst for enhanced health, well-being and performance. Using proprietary software, wellness algorithms and sensor technologies, DARWIN is designed to help enhance energy, sleep and overall well-being, and reduce indoor contaminants that negatively affect respiratory, cardiovascular, immune and cognitive health by monitoring and calibrating air, water and light quality DARWIN has been engineered to integrate seamlessly into existing smart home and smart assistant platforms, or to stand alone in cases where smart home technology is not installed in the home.

DARWIN pricing starts at approximately $3,500 (MSRP) and is offered in a number of configurations to accommodate homes of all sizes and types including single family, multi-family and luxury custom residences.  DARWIN is available nationwide through HTSA dealers and builders in the U.S. and abroad.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans spend about 90 percent of their time indoors, much of which is spent in their homes. New research from Hanley Wood shows more homebuyers prioritize design elements, systems and technologies that promote good health over traditional amenities like hardwood floors, outdoor patios and walk-in closets.

“We’re now spending $4.2 trillion globally on health and wellness-focused products, from fitness apps to personal health care to nutrition programs,” said Delos CEO and Founder Paul Scialla. “DARWIN is designed to empower people to be healthier, happier and more productive in their own home by adding a layer of wellness intelligence to the smart-home landscape.”

DARWIN focuses on four main components: air filtration, water purification, dynamic circadian lighting and comfort-focused technologies, all of which are designed to simulate natural outdoor conditions.

  • Air quality sensors are installed in the home and are monitored by proprietary algorithms that intuitively recognize when air quality drops below pre-set levels and automatically triggers the air purification system to remediate poor air quality.
  • Water filtration solutions are selected to remediate geographically-important water quality issues at all water sources in the home.
  • Dynamic circadian lighting systems that mimic the natural sun patterns throughout the day are utilized to balance your sleep wake cycle. Energizing bright light in the morning transitions to calming warm light in the evening to help your body produce melatonin and prepare for a restful night’s sleep, leaving you more rested, refreshed and recharged.
  • Comfort-focused technologies in the bedroom, including dynamic temperature control and automatic black out shades, create a supportive and comfortable sleep environment that minimizes disturbances and promotes restful nights. Dawn simulation scenes and sounds of nature provide a more natural and gentle way to wake up.

The DARWIN dashboard delivers the wellness status of the home and provides key information about how the home is performing, including real-time air quality monitoring, pollutant information and research-based wellness algorithms and experiences that can be customized to fit your lifestyle and needs. DARWIN can be controlled from a smartphone app, stand-alone tablet, Google Home integration and various home automation systems, giving you the freedom to control and access the dashboard from any room in your home. Key to DARWIN’s adaptability is a wide range of curated third-party products approved by Delos Labs, a multi-disciplinary research and development arm of Delos that collaborates with top industry experts as well as leading academic and medical institutions globally. Delos continues to engineer APIs into a growing library of compatible products and devices, as part of the DARWIN network.

Delos launched DARWIN in Australia in September 2018, its first official foray into the single-family volume home sector, through a collaboration with Simonds Homes. DARWIN is currently included in the base package of all Simonds Homes built in Victoria, Australia – reflecting the volume home builder’s belief that living in a wellness home should be a right, not a privilege. Upcoming projects in the U.S. include:

  • HTSA Network:Delos is training a growing network of professionals throughout the United States to become accredited DARWIN dealers and installers.
  • KB Home Projekt: Delos is a title sponsor for the KB Home of the Future at the 2019 CES in Las Vegas, N.V. The home features DARWIN and is voice-enabled through the Google Home system.
  • Luxury Residences:As part of a broad national roll out in luxury housing, DARWIN is currently being commissioned by many of the most sought after newly constructed luxury homes and condos in the United States.

Delos has fostered research collaborations with the Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic, a board of doctors from the Columbia University Medical Center and architects, scientists and wellness thought leaders to introduce wellness standards, programs and solutions into the built environment. Delos established the Well Living Lab™ in collaboration with Mayo Clinic — the world’s first lab committed to researching the real-world impacts of the indoor environment on human health, well-being and performance. The creation of The WELL Building StandardÔ (WELL) was one of Delos’ earliest accomplishments and industry transformative innovations. The International WELL Building Institute was established by Delos as an independent, separately governed organization to continue WELL’s development and drive market uptake – with now over 1,200 projects in 45 countries, across over 250 million square feet of commercial real estate.  After the successful launch of WELL, Delos extended its research and program creation to more directly address the environmental impact our homes have on our health, well-being and performance with the release of the DARWIN Home Wellness Intelligence Network. Delos Labs created the DARWIN wellness algorithms in collaboration with experts from top academic institutions.

“The introduction of the DARWIN Home Wellness Intelligence Network is a natural extension of Delos’ leading science and research and makes improved health, well-being and happiness available to all households,” said Deepak Chopra (Delos Advisory Board Member).

Delos will showcase DARWIN during Pepcom’s Digital Experience! event in Las Vegas, NV on January 7. Delos representatives also will be available for demonstrations and media interviews during CES at The Venetian, from January 6 to 9, 2019.

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Delos and KB Home Partner to Deliver Cutting-Edge Healthy Home Technology to the U.S. Home Market

DARWIN Home Wellness Intelligence Network addresses hidden health factors in homes – monitoring, calibrating and enhancing air, water and lighting conditions to help improve health and well-being.

New York (January 7, 2019) — Delos™, a wellness real estate and technology firm based in New York, and KB Home (NYSE: KBH), one of the largest homebuilders in the United States, today announced a collaboration to introduce Wellness Homes to new homebuyers. KB Home plans to offer Delos’ DARWIN Home Wellness Intelligence Network in select KB Home communities in the California market, ahead of an envisioned national rollout.

DARWIN is a powerfully responsive platform that passively monitors and calibrates the home environment to help support the health and well-being of occupants. This first-of-its-kind system brings together a proprietary sensor-monitoring platform and solutions across air filtration, water purification, circadian lighting and comfort features. The collaboration marks Delos’ first partnership with a volume production homebuilder in the United States.

The wellness of homes is extremely important, with people now spending as much as 90% of their time indoors as countries like the United States become increasingly urbanized. DARWIN offers a fully-integrated, scientifically-supported solution to improve overall well-being.

“From years of experience and extensive research, we know that our indoor environments can impact physical, emotional and cognitive health outcomes,” said Delos CEO and Founder Paul Scialla. “Our collaboration with KB Home helps make DARWIN even more accessible and provides an incredible opportunity to help improve the health and well-being of everyday Americans.”

Delos is a title sponsor for KB Home ProjeKt, a full-scale, immersive experience of “where tomorrow lives” debuting in conjunction with CES this month. The home features DARWIN and is voice-enabled through the Google Home system. ProjeKt leverages the latest smart and sustainable living technologies to create a home that is designed to support health and wellness and adapts to its owner’s needs.

“The introduction of the DARWIN Home Wellness Intelligence Network is a natural extension of Delos’ leading science and research. Delos’ partnership with KB Home, an industry leader in sustainability, helps advance the company’s mission to make improved health, well-being and happiness available to all households,” said Deepak Chopra (Delos Advisory Board Member).

Leveraging Delos’ position as the pioneer of wellness real estate, and building on seven years of research with leading experts and institutions, the DARWIN Home Wellness Intelligence Network is a groundbreaking offering that seeks to turn your home into a catalyst for enhanced health, well-being and performance. Using proprietary software, wellness algorithms and sensor technologies, DARWIN has been engineered to integrate seamlessly into existing smart-home and smart-assistant platforms, or to stand alone in cases where smart-home technology is not installed in the home.

“We are pleased to offer Delos’ groundbreaking DARWIN Home Wellness Intelligence Network,” says Dan Bridleman, KB Home senior vice president of sustainability, technology and strategic sourcing. “At KB Home, we believe healthy home features will be an important component in the future of homebuilding. DARWIN is one of the core technologies implemented in KB Home ProjeKt: Where Tomorrow Lives and the response has been outstanding.”

KB Home has a long history of bringing health-oriented innovations to the production home market.  It was the first national homebuilder to commit to build exclusively with low-VOC carpet and paint; it is the only national homebuilder to receive EPA’s Indoor airPLUS Leader Award; and it is making well-being a core principle of KB Home ProjeKt: Where Tomorrow Lives. Healthy Home is one of the four areas of the KB Home eDifference sustainability platform, along with Energy Efficiency, Water Conservation and Smart Systems.

DARWIN focuses on four main components: air filtration, water purification, dynamic circadian lighting and comfort-focused technologies, all of which are designed to simulate natural outdoor conditions.

  • Air quality sensors are installed in the home and are monitored by proprietary algorithms that intuitively recognize when air quality drops below pre-set levels and automatically trigger the air purification system to remediate poor air quality.
  • Water filtration solutions are selected to remediate geographically-important water quality issues at all water sources in the home.
  • Dynamic circadian lighting systems that mimic the natural sun patterns throughout the day are utilized to balance your sleep-wake cycle. Energizing bright light in the morning transitions to calming warm light in the evening to help your body produce melatonin and prepare for a restful night’s sleep, leaving you more rested, refreshed and recharged.
  • Comfort-focused technologies in the bedroom, including dynamic temperature control and automatic blackout shades, create a supportive and comfortable sleep environment that minimizes disturbances and promotes restful nights. Dawn simulation scenes and sounds of nature provide a more natural and gentle way to wake up.

The DARWIN dashboard delivers the wellness status of the home and provides key information about how the home is performing, including real-time air quality monitoring, pollutant information and research-based wellness algorithms and experiences that can be customized to fit your lifestyle and needs. DARWIN can be controlled from a smartphone app, stand-alone tablet, Google Home integration and various home automation systems, giving you the freedom to control and access the dashboard from any room in your home. Key to DARWIN’s adaptability is a wide range of curated third-party products approved by Delos Labs, a multi-disciplinary research and development arm of Delos that collaborates with top industry experts as well as leading academic and medical institutions globally. Delos continues to engineer APIs into a growing library of compatible products and devices, as part of the DARWIN network.

Delos has fostered research collaborations with the Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic, a board of doctors from the Columbia University Medical Center and architects, scientists and wellness thought leaders to introduce wellness standards, programs and solutions into the built environment. Delos established the Well Living Lab™ in collaboration with Mayo Clinic — the world’s first lab committed to researching the real-world impacts of the indoor environment on human health, well-being and performance. The creation of The WELL Building StandardÔ (WELL) was one of Delos’ earliest accomplishments and industry-transformative innovations. The International WELL Building Institute was established by Delos as an independent, separately governed organization to continue WELL’s development and drive market uptake – with now over 1,200 projects in 45 countries, across over 250 million square feet of commercial real estate.  After the successful launch of WELL, Delos extended its research and program creation to more directly address the environmental impact our homes have on our health, well-being and performance with the release of the DARWIN Home Wellness Intelligence Network. Delos Labs created the DARWIN wellness algorithms in collaboration with experts from top academic institutions.

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Delos™ China Kicks off Forum for International Dialogues to Promote Healthy Living Environments

(Beijing – November 5, 2018) Delos China today kicked off its inaugural symposium for dialogues among international stakeholders of the Wellness Real EstateTM industry, fostering meaningful, Asia-focused collaborations for researchers, industry representatives and best practice solution providers.

A groundbreaking  conference of this nature in Asia, the 2018 International Well Living Symposium, convened in Beijing, attracting internationally established scholars, researchers and industry experts to put forward a set of holistic agenda on how to work together to build healthier environments where people spent 90% of their time to live, work, learn and entertain. The Symposium took place in preparation for the anticipated grand opening of the Well Living Lab (China), a research arm of Delos China.

“Research is at the core of what Delos does, and the Well Living Lab is at the core of our research,” said Rich Macary, Chief Strategist Officer of Delos. “For the Well Living Lab to work and to have an impact, it requires collaborations with not only the academics and research, but also with the commercial side, so we want to be able to translate everything we do at the Lab into the market place to have an impact on people’s health and well-being.”

“Advancing the healthy  living industry involves a chain of collaborative efforts,” said Xue Ya, President of Delos Asia. “Centering upon scientific research and technology, Delos China builds an eco-system for the healthy living industry, combining research and best practice to enhance people’s well-being and help people thrive.”

Leading researchers and industry advocates from across greater China area, Singapore, Japan, Korea, Denmark, and the United States attended the events, representing expertise and leadership voices spanning from building sciences, health sciences to behavioral sciences.

Key highlights of the Symposium include:

  • Green technologies are enabling buildings and cities to be more responsive to the environment, but the focus is starting to shift towards human health and well-being;
  • Big data and wellness intelligence are more and more being deployed to measure key metrics of urban population’s well-being;
  • New approaches need to be developed to build healthier university campus communities at better economic and environmental costs;
  • It’s important to strike balance on pathways to achieving healthy environments for all humanity – the balance among various goals of our buildings, the balance between research and application, between short-term gain and long term benefits; and the balance among various aspects of a research so that interdisciplinary sciences work together to enhance occupants’ health and wellbeing;
  • Similar to green industry’s market trend in the past, the growth of the healthy living industry in major markets will open doors for technological applications and best practice in smaller countries and markets, eventually mobilizing a global trend.

“As the Wellness Real Estate industry begins to boom, relevant research and technology play a critical role in bringing together the various parts of the industry chain,” said Hong Wang, Senior Vice President of Delos China. “Well Living Lab (China) answers a call to thread through the ‘discovery, translation and application’ sequence required of any research. Such an approach will enable the broader healthy living sector.”

Among the scholars, experts and thought leaders at the Symposium were:

Peng Gong of Tsinghua University; Khee-Poh Lam of National University of Singapore;

Kyung Hoi Lee of Korea Research Institute of Eco-Environmental Architecture; Joon Hoon Lee of Yonsei University;  Xiaofeng Li of Tsinghua University; Gang Liu of Tianjin University; Yifan Lu of Beijing Sports University; Renying Zou of PMO International Group; Tasuku Oshima of PMO International Group; Win-Kuang Shen of Mayo Clinic; Dahua Wang of Beijing Normal University; Haishan Wang of China Construction Association Certification Center; Lei Wang of Peking University; Hui Xiao of Tongji University.

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About Delos China

Delos China is the China arm of Delos, a 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 wellness 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 wellness. Delos formed the International WELL Building InstituteTM pbc (“IWBI”), which manages the WELL Building StandardTM and WELL Certification program, which is third party verified by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). Click here for more information on Delos.

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For Delos China: Xiaotian Wu: [email protected]

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