Health care is one of the largest industries in the United States – clocking in at nearly 18% of total gross domestic product in 2016, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
And, Medical News Today reports that nearly 75% of all deaths in the US are related to just 10 causes, with the top 3 accounting for more than 50% of all deaths.
Those top three are:
- Heart disease
- Chronic lower respiratory disease
The remaining top ten are accidents, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, influenza and pneumonia, kidney disease and suicide.
Yet, many of these can be proactively combated through the right home design. The infographic available for download below, outlines the opportunity that exists for home design to take a major role in the future health of home owners, an exploration of the research and development of the BUILDER KB Home ProjeKt, Where Tomorrow Lives.
The ProjeKt takes a look at design practices that support more active lifestyles, as a proactive prevention of heart disease. It also incorporates the latest smart home technologies and sophisticated engineering to provide the right balance of air exchanges, low moisture and clean air to prevent chronic lower respiratory diseases.
For the exploration of the ProjeKt’s design, BUILDER produced a white paper that not only explores the various health challenges, but also offers specific design strategies that can help home buyers experience a healthier home life. That white paper also is available for download here.
The health discussion isn’t limited to just physical health, but extends to the mental and emotional health equation that represent another of the top ten leading causes, suicide. A home and community design has a huge impact on a person’s sense of belonging, which can dramatically reduce their feelings of isolation that can lead to suicide.
The home and additional insight from the research findings are available at www.builderonline.com/kbhomeprojekt and will be presented in February in Las Vegas. Register here now to attend to tour the home.