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Course Description

This program provides tools and methods for architects and designers to make healthier building product choices while also being mindful of cost and larger issues of sustainability. 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, carbon impact and circularity of the built process.

Course Length - Online 15 weeks

Course Outline

This course consists of two modules:

  1. Health in Practice
    This course is designed to empower you to design buildings to be healthier and more sustainable. We provide tools and methods to make healthier building product choices while being mindful of cost and larger issues of sustainability. Experts in the fields of materials, design, sustainability, and public health offer insights and strategies to make changes to practice, which will improve the overall health profile, carbon impact, and circularity in the building process.
     
  2. Designing + Building A Healthy, Circular Future
    Designing for material health is not a singular approach. It’s a practice that impacts many decisions throughout the design process. This course focuses on strategies, methods, and priorities that architects and designers can use to help protect the health of all occupants of buildings and everyone involved in construction and maintenance.

Learner Outcomes

  • Understand building materials 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 to 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 design practice 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

Benefits:

  • 8 AIA HSW CEUS
  • 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

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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