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Green Buildings and Human Health

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USGBC has started exploring how to clearly link the market transformation that the green building movement has inspired to its opportunity to create an equally transformational impact on human health. In “Health is a Human Right. Green Building Can Help,” a report from USGBC’s Green Building & Human Health Summit in early 2013, we examine ways to promote and protect human health in relation to the built environment.  

As a next step in our work, we've put out to our community a set of draft principles for your input. Our intent is that they serve as a trail map towards a number of initiatives and efforts to advance this critical aspect of green building.

Please leave your comments below and we'll use your input to help us get to the next round.

Because if there is one thing we know to be true: If health is a human right, and green building can help, we’ve got a lot of work to do.

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MEP Manager, Salini-Impregilo
while LEED encourages reduced water use and conservation of energy necessary to acquire, distribute and sanitize it, the protocol offers no credit for drinking water quality and establishes no goals for testing or filtration. The gold standard for certifying "green" buildings fails to place enough emphasis on human health and needs to be upgraded, according to a new report from an environmental health group.
Owner & MD of IQ Consult LLC ¦ LEED-AP BD+C, Schindler Elevator Corporation
Thank you for the report and the draft principles. I was wondering with LCAs and EPDs gaining importance in LEED v4, if human toxicity potential (HTP) related LCIA methodologies and impact categories / indicators may represent suitable metrics for human health, such as e.g.: ReCiPe (H, A) human toxicity in kg 1,4-DCB-eq., TRACI human health air pollutants in kg PM2.5-eq., TRACI human health carcinogenics in kg benzene-eq., TRACI human health non-carcinogenics kg toluene-eq., or USETox human toxicity or ecotoxicity in CTUs. Have such HTP LCA impact meths and impact categories been considered for above work/summit/strategy?
Engineer - Telecommunications, Dialog Axiata PLC
Thank you for this article. I was searching for a document which includes information on how green buildings could contribute towards Human Health. My country - Sri Lanka is in the process of moving towards manufacturing based economy on its way to an innovation based economy. I hope more LEED Platinum, Gold, Silver or certified manufacturing facilities could attract more foreign clients.
Manging Principal, Sustainable Design Consulting, LLC
Very timely and informative - thank you for putting this together!

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