Research-based innovations to transform our built environments
into vehicles for health and well-being.
into vehicles for health and well-being.
Evidence-based and data-driven
interdisciplinary research is at our core
We leverage knowledge from building and health sciences to produce innovative and practical solutions to create living spaces designed to improve health, well-being and performance. We conduct new research and development through strategic academic alliances, relationships with third-party subject matter experts and corporate R&D departments, as well as government-supported or funded entities.
The Well Living Lab was announced in 2014 in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic to study the impact of indoor environments on health and well-being. The platform brings together in-house experts in health sciences, behavioral science and building science to study how built environments affect five factors: health, stress and resiliency, performance, sleep and comfort. Participants interact within a sensor-rich, simulated real-world environment while scientists adjust elements such as sound, lighting, temperature and air quality. Collecting and analyzing behavioral and biometric reactions from thousands of data points, we identify correlations and practical applications to provide long-term health and wellness benefits to people and society. Learn More >
Delos offers integrated solutions,
targeting essential indoor environmental
elements as a whole system
Our research focuses on the passive but essential elements of indoor spaces, with a mission to deliver environments designed to improve human health and performance. While environmental changes can be imperceptible and subtle, they can impact our health and influence our behavior, helping to form healthier long-term habits. Indoor environmental elements are interconnected, and addressing them individually is not always effective. Delos offers integrated solutions, targeting essential indoor environmental elements as a whole system.
In addition to the behavioral and lifestyle choices we make on a daily basis – from physical activity to diet and sleep – the long term impact on our health is also determined by genetics, access to healthcare as well as social and physical environments. Our physical environments provide us with the essential elements of life: air, water, light, sound and thermal comfort. Unlike behaviors such as exercise that require active, conscious engagement, our relationship with these elements is intuitive – from breathing and hydrating ourselves to seeking light as well as acoustically and thermally comfortable spaces.
The Impact of Indoor Environments
on Health and Well-Being
on Health and Well-Being
An average healthy adult takes 12 to 16 breaths per minute. Unlike spoiled food or visibly dirty water, polluted air often goes unnoticed, but the long-term impact can be harmful. Globally, air pollution is the 5th leading cause of mortality, contributing to nearly 5 million deaths in 2017. The ultimate outcomes of particulate matter pollution - a major air pollutant category globally - include cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases, lower respiratory infections, respiratory system cancers and diabetes. Delos offers solutions that help reduce and remove particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM10), along with other air pollutants such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and carbon dioxide(CO2).
Water comprises over half of our body weight and we hydrate to ensure that our daily physiological needs are met. Many of us take the quality of tap water for granted, but it can contain pollutants such as agricultural and organic contaminants, mercury and other heavy metals, viruses, bacteria, parasites, as well as public water additives and their byproducts, such as chlorine and chloramine. Drinking water containing these contaminants can lead to a spectrum of digestive symptoms, such as abdominal discomfort, diarrhea, vomiting, fever and headache. Long-term exposure to heavy metals, such as lead, has even more serious consequences, such as cardiovascular diseases, chronic kidney disease and developmental disabilities, contributing to over a million deaths globally in 2017. Delos offers water filtration solutions that help reduce the risks of poor water quality by filtering out impurities and improving taste, providing cleaner, better tasting water throughout your home.
The timing, duration and quality of light exposure is an essential influence on our health and well-being. Light regulates our circadian rhythms, the natural body cycles that keep us in-tune with a 24-hour solar day and regulate our sleep and wake times, hormone release, appetite and metabolism, among other processes. The science on light and circadian rhythms is evolving rapidly, and in fact, the Nobel Prize in Science or Medicine in 2017 was awarded for research on circadian rhythms.
In pre-industrial times, when the only sources of light were sun and fire, the light we were exposed to had "natural" timing and properties. Today, light is ever-present at varying levels of intensity and tone, and often not of the right quality at the right time. In the morning, we need bright blue-enriched white light (like daylight), which suppresses melatonin while raising cortisol levels, making us feel energized to start our day. High-intensity light during the day - whether outside or inside - is essential for circadian rhythm entrainment, acting as a continuous signal to our body that it is, in fact, daytime. In the evening, as natural light dims and becomes warmer in color, we too need light of lower quantity and intensity to start getting ready for rest. And at night, we need complete darkness to enable high-quality, restorative sleep.
All of this sounds obvious enough, but modern life has reversed our light exposure compared to what our bodies (and minds) need. We don’t get enough light in the morning or during the day, and the light we do get is often not bright enough, and not of the right spectrum. Similarly, in the evening, we are over-exposed to bright blue light indoors and in front of screens, which suppresses melatonin - a hormone that signals to the body that it is time to rest. This exposure is contrary to what humans have adapted to over hundreds of thousands of years of evolution. Not surprisingly, it can lead to negative outcomes such as delayed sleep onset, shorter sleep duration, feeling tired in the morning and lacking energy. Delos lighting solutions are in tune with the solar day, designed to keep your circadian rhythms in sync with nature.
Sleep is one of the most important factors contributing to human health and well-being, but many people suffer from poor quality sleep or sleep deprivation, now considered by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a public health concern. Not getting enough sleep at night can lead to slower reaction times, deficits in emotion regulation, increased irritability, and difficulties concentrating, learning new information, problem-solving, or making important decisions. Over the long-term, lack of sleep can lead to chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and depression, as well as injuries and disabilities due to traffic accidents and occupational errors. Delos provides solutions that deliver curated environments designed to improve light, thermal comfort and biophilic sounds to help you prepare for sleep, stay asleep at night and wake up feeling refreshed.
Sound is an ubiquitous, involuntary influence in our lives. Modern environments are rife with noise pollution, sound distractions and excessive volume, which affect hearing health, sleep quality, stress and anxiety levels and overall mental well-being. Noise disturbance at nighttime impacts our sleep quality, making it more fragmented and less restful, reducing deep sleep immersion. Noise is also one of the main contributors to hearing loss, the second leading impairment worldwide after anemia. In addition, noise can affect our mood leading to increased feelings of aggression or annoyance. It can also impact cognitive performance and increase feelings of stress in our children. Delos creates environments that minimize stressful noise and incorporate biophilic sounds to deliver natural acoustic experiences.
Thermal comfort is one of the key environmental factors contributing to our sleep quality. Research shows that thermal environments dictate our ability to fall and stay asleep at night and wake up feeling refreshed. Unlike air and water pollution, temperature is a tangible element that results in bodily discomfort, prompting us to seek solutions. Delos offers thermal programming designed to aid in better sleep comfort and quality.