The webcast on “Making the Human Health Connection: Healthy Buildings, Healthy People and Healthy Communities” on April 23rd was stimulating and informative. Highlights included:

Judith Heerwagen’s comment that perhaps buildings should be designed more like modern zoos, which value the inclusion of critical elements of the natural environment in order to keep their occupants not only alive, but also psychologically healthy.

Kate Turpin’s discussion of technological innovations in design and construction that are currently being implemented to improve indoor environmental quality (IEQ) – including consideration of  indoor air quality, acoustics, biophilia and access to daylight.

Matt Trowbridge’s observations that specificity is a requirement in order for designers to make decisions based on the results of scientific health research.

We are excited to reach out to this community and find opportunities for new collaborations!

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