The case for using our "total health" as the basis for judging every building and public space is presented here by Tye Farrow and Sharon VanderKaay in SAB (Sustainable Architecture and Building) magazine.
"The Ultimate Test for Design: Does it Cause Health?" asks us to expand our thinking about the sustainability movement to a embrace a "cause health" environmental regeneration model. The Cause Health model is derived from Antonovsky's concept of salutogenesis.
At the intersection between individual and public health there are shared interests that can serve to accelerate progress in the sustainability movement.
This approach builds prosperity by moving upstream to reduce the unsustainable burden of illness on society. Such a culture shift would create places that allow us to thrive mentally, physically and socially.
This notion of "total health" extends beyond the state of our physical health, to include qualities that affect our state of mind.