What happens when building and medical researchers come together?

Brent Bauer, MD

When medical and building researchers come together, a host of new questions emerge. Questions about how buildings and what’s in them affect human health and well-being. Questions about how people react to changes in environmental factors in homes and offices. We are committed to finding answers that will improve your life.”

Brent Bauer, M.D.
Mayo Clinic | Medical Director, Well Living Lab

Enhancing human health

The Well Living Lab’s long-term objective is to improve human health and well-being across the lifespan. Its three-year research plan sets the stage for achieving this objective by examining specific environmental interventions. The research aims are:


Test the hypothesis that building-based interventions in offices can improve occupants’ comfort, stress and performance in the workplace, and improve their health-based outcomes.

Residential spaces

Test the hypothesis that extending monitoring into residential spaces can inform building-based solutions to improve comfort, reduce stress and improve health-based outcomes.

Independent living communities

Test the hypothesis that building-based interventions in independent living communities can improve occupants’ comfort, reduce stress, and improve sleep quality and health outcomes.

Study 1

Temperature, noise and lighting in open office environments affect employees’ ability to get work done

Temperature had most impact

Conditions also affected employees during non-work hours

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Study 2

A comparison of emissions from scent diffusers used in homes and businesses, showed that tabletop ultrasonic diffusers have the least effect on air quality.

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Study 3

Impact of office lighting on cognition and sleep

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