Healthy Buildings: How Indoor Spaces Can Make You Sick-or Keep You Well

Healthy Buildings: How Indoor Spaces Can Make You Sick-or Keep You Well

Healthy Buildings: How Indoor Spaces Can Make You Sick-or Keep You Well

Healthy Buildings: How Indoor Spaces Can Make You Sick-or Keep You Well

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A revised and updated edition of the landmark work the New York Times hailed as “a call to action for every developer, building owner, shareholder, chief executive, manager, teacher, worker and parent to start demanding healthy buildings with cleaner indoor air.”

For too long we’ve designed buildings that haven’t focused on the people inside—their health, their ability to work effectively, and what that means for the bottom line. An authoritative introduction to a movement whose vital importance is now all too clear, Healthy Buildings breaks down the science and makes a compelling business case for creating healthier offices, schools, and homes.

As the COVID-19 crisis brought into sharp focus, indoor spaces can make you sick—or keep you healthy. Fortunately, we now have the know-how and technology to keep people safe indoors. But there is more to securing your office, school, or home than wiping down surfaces. Levels of carbon dioxide, particulates, humidity, pollution, and a toxic soup of volatile organic compounds from everyday products can influence our health in ways people aren’t always aware of.

This landmark book, revised and updated with the latest research since the COVID-19 pandemic, lays out a compelling case for more environmentally friendly and less toxic offices, schools, and homes. It features a concise explanation of disease transmission indoors, and provides tips for making buildings the first line of defense. Joe Allen and John Macomber dispel the myth that we can’t have both energy-efficient buildings and good indoor air quality. We can—and must—have both. At the center of the great convergence of green, smart, and safe buildings, healthy buildings are vital to the push for more sustainable urbanization that will shape our future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674278363
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 10/18/2022
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 505,753
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Joseph G. Allen is Director of Harvard’s Healthy Buildings Program and Associate Professor at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. A renowned forensic investigator of “sick buildings” and frequent keynote speaker, he advises leading companies around the world on healthy building strategies. A key voice in communicating the science of COVID transmission to the public, he has appeared on CBS, CNN, CNBC, and Bloomberg, and has written many influential pieces for the Washington Post, New York Times, Atlantic, and USA Today. He is Chair of The Lancet COVID-19 Commission Task Force on Safe Work, Safe School, and Safe Travel.

John D. Macomber is Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School and a world leader on the financing of resilience. He is the author of dozens of HBS case studies on infrastructure projects, focusing on office buildings in the United States, housing in India, water management in Mexico, and private sector–led new cities in Asia.

Table of Contents

Preface to the 2022 Edition vii

Preface: Why This Book? xi

I The Case for Healthy Buildings

1 Who Are We and Why Should You Care? 3

2 The Global Mega-changes Shaping Our World, Our Buildings, and Us 22

3 Why Are We Ignoring the 90 Percent? 38

4 Putting the Building to Work for You 55

5 Creating and Capturing Value 71

II A Healthy Building Strategy

6 The 9 Foundations of a Healthy Building 85

7 Our Global Chemical Experiment 123

8 Buildings as a First Line of Defense against Covid and Other Airborne Infectious Diseases 147

9 Healthy Building Certification Systems 163

10 Moving from KPIs to HPIs 191

11 Beyond the Four Walls 216

12 What's Now and What's Next? 233

Conclusion: Buildings, Business, Health, and Wealth 256

Notes 269

Acknowledgments 293

Index 299

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