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Course Description

The course provides architects and designers working in affordable housing with the tools and methods to make healthier building product choices.  Experts in the fields of materials, design, sustainability and public health offer insights and strategies to make changes to practice which will lead to the improvement in the overall health profile of residents in affordable housing.

Course Length - Online 15 weeks

Learner Outcomes

  • Understand building materials used in affordable housing and the implications of their use in a wider environmental and human health context
  • Identify and understand the critical relationships between building materials, chemical toxicity, and environmental exposures that directly impact human health. Use this information to set human health design goals early in the design process and through the life of the project beyond occupation
  • Identify building products that are likely to be healthier options and evaluate them against your own established criteria by identifying the human health and environmental impacts that products can have through the entire life cycle of materials. Compare products, assess variables and constraints, and specify materials based on this information
  • Develop design strategies to address the issues that impact materials selection in Affordable Housing to reduce the negative health impacts of materials on human health. Prioritize human health, utilizing existing tools and resources to integrate critical relationships within the context of the building material ecosystem and larger environmental issues

Additional Information


  • 6 AIA HSW CEUs
  • 7.5 IDCEC HSW CEUs
  • 7.5 GBCI CE Hours
  • Learn about the relationships between the built environment, building materials and their impact on human health
  • Learn strategies for making the material heath case to clients and stakeholders
  • Discover a range of tools and methods to make healthier product choices for affordable housing
  • Navigate industry resources and certifications, find and evaluate healthier product options
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