Omar Youssef is a doctoral student in the Arid Lands Resource Sciences Graduate Interdisciplinary Program. The building industry as a whole is undergoing evolution in sustainability. Among the different building prototypes there has been a particular focus on healthcare facilities from aspects of energy efficiency, cleaner interior air quality, and patient's health related care. There are ample opportunities where architects and designers can create conditions in which human and nature can exist in productive harmony that permit fulfilling the social, economic, and, particularly, health care for future generations.
A “Design Index for therapeutic Architecture” provides this opportunity for Architects to mitigate environmental sustainability concerns while simultaneously integrates therapeutic technologies achieving a healthier human environment. Displaying the development of a design aid matrix that integrates the built environment with human health environments, as well as building performance and human performance.