The events of the last 24 months, including the overnight departure from our shared spaces, the rise to prominence for the Black Lives Matter movement, and rapid advancements in sustainable energy production have shifted the central focus of sustainable design from creating sustainable spaces to sustaining people.
Our metrics are shifting from watts per sq ft to wellness generated per user. Wellness can be sustainability’s Achilles heel or its springboard into new types of spaces and solutions. We must re-align our expectations for comfort, sustainability and efficiency with these new metrics for success. To integrate well-being into sustainable design we must alter policy, technology, form and function, cultural comfort norms and integrated project delivery. This presentation will explore how the intersection of health, equity and environmental sustainability creates a new project framework that is focused on the overall well-being of the users.
- Participants will understand the convergence of health, equity, and the environment in order to create a healthy building concept map to define new project priorities and design focus.
- From carbon capture to IoT, participants will learn what technologies and structures are in place to meet the wellness design challenge.
- Participants will learn how to reform our design and engineering teams around a process that supports wellness design.
- Participants will learn how to create a new set of design criteria and project structure to advance wellness and sustainability as a single effort.
Andrew Horning, Bala Consulting Engineers, Vice President
Matthew Ezold, Bala Consulting Engineers, Director of Digital Planning
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