NY16008 - Part 1 of Healthy Homes Index project

For over 50 years research has demonstrated that plants deliver benefits for urban citizens by reducing air pollution and supporting well-being. As cities in Australia increase their density it is important to understand how plants can benefit people in denser spaces, such as apartments. A range of research shows the benefits of plants in indoor and outdoor settings for remediating air pollution, improving mental health and concentration. In this project, our aim was to draw on this literature and systematically review and synthesise this knowledge to derive a scale of plant benefits. The intention is a scale optimised for easy integration into a smart device application (app) that interactively asks users to rate and improve their spaces using plants and by doing so encourages them to understand the benefits that plants bring.