Connecting health and well-being to multifamily real estate: Opportunities to define and enhance the development of healthy, active communities
ISPAH ePoster Library. van Bakergem M. Oct 16, 2018; 225529; 46
Margaret van Bakergem
Margaret van Bakergem
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Abstract The inclusion of health and wellbeing (HWB) strategies in multifamily housing developments is emerging, yet its conceptualization remains ill-defined. Collaboratively, built environment researchers and multifamily developers can enhance and standardize HWB terms and constructs.Study aims: 1) understand, define and codify perceived HWB strategies from multifamily developers’ perspectives; and 2) combine our built environment knowledge base with newfound real estate insights to develop a comprehensive, interdisciplinary toolkit to guide construction of health promotive multifamily developments.Five multifamily developers deemed early adopters for perceived inclusion of HWB strategies were identified for this multiple case study design. Semi-structured interviews and site-visits with development leadership were completed by January 2018 to gather in-depth information about HWB techniques and decision-making. Thematic coding of interview transcripts will be completed by March 2018 with iterative data triangulation from financial pro-formas and website content analysis.Preliminary HWB themes include:Scale context (unit, building, property, and community scale): majority of HWB amenities were at unit and building scale.Ownership control (build-to-sell vs. build-to-hold): build-to-hold linked to increased HWB initiatives through programming efforts.Health typology (physical, mental, and social): social cohesion focal at building and property scales.Lack of standard HWB metrics for market differentiation (analogous to LEED certification).Value creation and risk (financial and social).Provided the influence of home on health behaviors, multifamily real estate must become part of the mainstream interdisciplinary research-to-practice conversation. There is opportunity to deliver and standardize evidence-based techniques to increase healthy, active lifestyles within multifamily environments. External funding details Funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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