Design for Health

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Design and building professionals: you’re on call. Health is not just about the doctors and nurses; interior spaces, buildings, and communities have far-reaching impacts on wellness. Design choices can:

  • help prevent mold and moisture issues

  • provide fresh air

  • ensure access to clean drinking water

  • prevent exposure to toxic chemicals

  • encourage fitness

  • support healthy circadian rhythms

Too often, though, our buildings do the opposite. These articles lay out best practices for health-focused design, based on sound scientific research.

Design for Health

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  • Pest Prevention: Steps Designers Can Take

    Feature Article

    Integrated pest management (IPM) design strategies can reduce structural damage and unsanitary conditions, and improve our community’s health. 

  • Why Chemical Transparency Matters

    Feature Article

    You can’t manage what you don’t measure—especially if you don’t know it exists in the first place.

  • Finding Furniture Without Toxic Flame Retardants

    Feature Article

    Flame retardants in upholstered furniture are easier to avoid under new rules, but they’re not gone. Here’s how to navigate the changing landscape.

  • The PVC Debate: A Fresh Look

    Feature Article

    PVC is banned by some green building programs and simply reviled by some groups. How did we get here, and has anything changed since vinyl became the enemy?

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