‘Architects have a greater ability to improve public health than medical professionals’
A provocative statement made by physician Dr. Claudia Miller, assistant dean at the University of Texas School of Medicine, at a recent healthy building materials panel moderated and blogged by Kirk Teske on his Point of View blog.
The panel* made a unanimous call for cooperation and transparency from building product manufacturers … the type of collaborative action our industry needs to shift the building materials paradigm from translucent to transparent, and from toxic to healthy
Here in the UK we are seeing the Green Deal gearing up, which, putting aside the programmes finance and operational uncertainty, has a huge potential to improve public health and NHS health costs. A benefit not addressed or recognised to date. (Particularly given the UK’s lowest ranking across European Countries for health and housing related issues)
How would Green Deal look, and what additional health benefits would it provide, if the scheme embodied Living Building Challenge’s Red List Materials? Seems a no brainer to me.
Likewise the recently announced PF2 Education Funding Agency programme for schools in relation to educational building occupant health.
Google may be the influential game changer, globally they are opening 40,000 square feet of office space a week (including a new UK HQ in London). And none of those workplaces will use any of the materials on the red list developed by the Living Building Challenge. Google’s decision stems from two principles, a focus on health and vitality of its employees and cost of healthcareInternational Living Future Institute; Bill Walsh, executive director of the Healthy Building Network , Howard Williams, vice president at Construction Specialties, a global building materials supplier.