Healthy Building Strategies that Manage Risk

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Risk should always be analyzed in context.

Healthy Building strategies that manage risk.

  • Early identification and resolution of potential issues.
  • The evolving nature and importance of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors.
  • The risk of poor air quality
  • Failing to provide spaces that support occupants’ mental health and wellbeing.
  • Failing to create spaces that support a neurodiverse workforce.
  • Failing to adequately prepare for emergencies.

The Risk of Obsolescence

Health and wellness in building design and operations

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The top risks and strategies

Early identification and resolution of potential issues.

  • C02 Integrative Design — requiring an inclusive and collaborative planning process.
  • I01 Innovate WELL — opportunity to push the envelope and develop strategies that honor the unique challenges and opportunities of every project.
  • I02 WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP) — leverage training to identify issues.

The evolving nature and importance of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors.

  • I05 Green Building Rating Systems — balancing commitment to environmental sustainability with human health. Because we cannot ignore the impacts of carbon emissions on human health (and the built environment’s significant contributions to those emissions), both buildings and human health have to be a part of any climate conversation.
  • I06B Carbon Disclosure and Reduction — recognizing organizations that set and make progress towards carbon goals.
  • C12 Diversity and Inclusion — implement and report on policies that support diversity and inclusion.
  • C13 Accessibility and Universal Design — integrate Universal Design principles to create more inclusive spaces.

Risk of poor air quality.

  • Essentially all Features in the Air Concept, including those that increase filtration and ventilation and control air pollution sources, specifically:
  • Features in the Materials Concept that relate to air quality and pollution source control:

Failing to provide spaces that support occupants’ mental health and wellbeing.

  • A few of the relevant Features in the Mind Concept are:
  • L03 Circadian Lighting Design — exposure to light that is consistent with a natural day/night cycle.
  • L05 Daylight Design Strategies — integrating natural daylight and providing access to windows.

Failing to create spaces that support a neurodiverse workforce.

  • L04 Electric Light Glare Control
  • L07 Visual Balance — creation of a visually comfortable lighting environment.
  • L08 Electric Light Quality — accounting for light characteristics including color rendering and flicker.
  • S02 Maximum Noise Levels
  • S03 Sound Barriers
  • S04 Reverberation Time
  • S05 Sound Reducing Surfaces
  • S06 Minimum Background Sound

Failing to adequately prepare for emergencies.

  • C03 Emergency Preparedness, C14 Emergency Resources, C15B Emergency Resilience and Recovery

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Attorney + sustainability consultant. I write about how we can drive deep green innovation at scale. https://www.sustainablestrategiespllc.com

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Attorney + sustainability consultant. I write about how we can drive deep green innovation at scale. https://www.sustainablestrategiespllc.com

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