Sustainable Built Environments

2013 Edition
| Editors: Vivian Loftness, Dagmar Haase

Sustainable and Healthy Built Environment

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5828-9_197

Definition of the Subject

While sustainable design is focused on reducing the environmental footprint, the resources consumed, and the waste produced, it is also critically linked to our health. Design decision making for sustainability – land use, building massing and enclosure, lighting systems, mechanical systems, interior systems, building operation and management – can not only reduce our environmental footprint, it can and must enhance our visual, aural, dermal, musculoskeletal, circulatory, respiratory, reproductive, and mental health. The challenge is to explore the linkages between critical design decisions, from land use to material and system design to building maintenance and operations, to critical health outcomes. Based on years of gathering emerging laboratory, field, and epidemiological case studies, the Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics at Carnegie Mellon University has been assembling the research on environmental, health, and productivity benefits...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Building Performance and DiagnosticsCarnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.School of Architecture and Center for Building Performance & DiagnosticsCarnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburghUSA