A growing body of practice-based evidence demonstrates the profound impact that forward-looking design decisions can have on an array of urgent health challenges, from asthma to obesity and diabetes to depression.
Design a healthier built environment
By using evidence-based approaches, architects and design professionals can reduce pollutants that harm public health, promote physical activity that lowers the risk of chronic diseases, alleviate anxiety and stress, improve emotional well-being, and much more.
Check out these AIA resources to learn about the physical, mental, and emotional effects a building has on its occupants and the surrounding community.
Select better materials
Considering the toxicity of the materials and finishes you use can have a measurably positive impact on the health of the people interacting with the building. Explore these resources to better understand the impact of the materials you specify.
- The Materials Pledge inspires a shift in how we evaluate products and materials. Discover how your firm can support critical goals including improving indoor air quality and reducing construction waste.
- Healthier Materials Protocol: This guide provides clear, practical methods and tools to navigate materials selection and translate awareness to practice.
- ROI: Healthier, More Productive Occupants: This chapter of the ROI of High-Performance Design includes talking points to use with clients, civic leaders, vendors, and others.
- Reopening America: Strategies for Safer Buildings: This AIA initiative explores how science-backed design strategies can reduce the spread of pathogens in buildings and achieve other public health objectives.
- Design for Well-being: Part of the Framework for Design Excellence, design for well-being accounts for physical, mental, and emotional effects on people and communities.
- AAH Academy Journal: This annual publication from the Academy of Architecture for Health explores trends, issues, and emerging technology for improving health outcomes.
- Joint Call to Action: Join AIA and 450,000 professionals in combating chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and asthma through healthier, more walkable communities.
- Design & Health Research Consortium: Founded by AIA and ACSA, this consortium advances university-led research in the area of design and health.
Materials selection is far from simple. This certificate program untangles the complexities in five courses that cover the different types of impacts and corresponding best practices for reducing these impacts. Take all five courses and earn a certificate that shows your achievement.
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