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The Networked Health-Relevant Factors for Office Buildings

The Planned Health

  • Werner Seiferlein
  • Christine Kohlert
  • Summarises all health-relevant factors for the design of office buildings

  • Considers mental, social and physical well-being

  • With checklists for planning and implementation


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxii
  2. Stephanie Wackernagel, Christine Kohlert
    Pages 1-29
  3. Werner Seiferlein, Ulrich Pfeiffenberger, Gerd Danner, Torsten Braun, Christine Kohlert
    Pages 31-81
  4. Werner Seiferlein, Rudolf Kötter, Katrin Trautwein
    Pages 83-107
  5. Birgit Fuchs, Thomas Kuk, David Wiechmann
    Pages 109-131
  6. Peter Bachmann
    Pages 133-145
  7. Christian K. Lackner, Karin Burghofer
    Pages 147-156
  8. Michael Christmann
    Pages 157-165
  9. Werner Seiferlein
    Pages 167-172
  10. Werner Seiferlein, Christine Kohlert
    Pages 173-179
  11. Werner Seiferlein, Christine Kohlert
    Pages 181-204
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 205-208

About this book


People who work in an office spend at least a third of their lifetime in these spaces. The planning of office and administration buildings can therefore contribute a great deal to the satisfaction and well-being of future users. The book looks at the health-relevant factors that affect people in office and administration buildings and therefore deserve special attention in the planning process. In doing so, the authors are guided by a concept of health as defined by the World Health Organization: Accordingly, health encompasses mental as well as social and physical well-being and thus goes far beyond the factors laid down in legal norms and guidelines. 

In this volume, architects and designers, physicians and ergonomists deal with all aspects of interior design seen from a health perspective: What role does colour design play, what significance do light, air and noise have? What does a demand-oriented building technology look like and how is the office furniture adequately designed? Which medical and hygienic aspects have to be considered? How can offices be designed in terms of work-life balance and how will the office change in the course of digitalisation? 

The book serves as a guideline that can be applied chapter by chapter in the planning of health-promoting office spaces - depending on the interests of the reader. Problems that arise are discussed using examples, and checklists help you with planning and implementation. 

The guide is aimed at building owners, architects, engineers, but also at lawyers, psychologists and doctors as well as university members in the field of economics and engineering.


Work Life Balance Health in the office building health satisfaction Healthy despite work feel-good factors office furniture office design office planning Hygiene in the workplace

Editors and affiliations

  • Werner Seiferlein
    • 1
  • Christine Kohlert
    • 2
  1. 1.TIM Technologie-Innovation-ManagementFrankfurt/MainGermany
  2. 2.RBSGROUP part of Drees & SommerMunichGermany

About the editors

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Werner Seiferlein is responsible for the master plan for rental and leasing of office space. He also coordinates FM activities in Frankfurt Höchst. He is a member of various boards and committees, such as the Office 21 of the Fraunhofer Institute and DIN Committee. 

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christine Kohlert, architect and urban planner as well as government master builder, is the managing director of the rbsgroup in Munich and has been dealing with learning and working environments of the future for over 30 years, in particular with the interaction of space and organisation.

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