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.

Findings from Well Living Lab studies

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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