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Healthy Buildings: How Indoor Spaces Drive Performance and Productivity Hardcover – 29 May 2020

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  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 304 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0674237978
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0674237971
  • Customer reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 106 ratings

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This exposé of the widespread under-ventilation and pollution inside modern buildings arrived just as shared indoor space became truly deadly. Though there’s now light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel, these insights and guidelines for improving indoor air quality should play a huge role in post-pandemic reforms. ― Fortune

This book should be essential reading for all who commission, design, manage, and use buildings―indeed anyone who is interested in a healthy environment. -- Norman Foster

Healthy Buildings is both hugely important and a great read. By the end it not only completely persuaded me that improving the health of our buildings is a fabulous economic opportunity and something that could change the lives of millions of people―it gave me a very good sense of where to start. Highly recommended. -- Rebecca Henderson, John and Natty McArthur University Professor, Harvard University

Allen and Macomber want to establish national standards, and they make a series of precise and persuasive recommendations for everything from insulation and window shades to water filters and vacuum cleaners. -- Jill Lepore ― New Yorker

We’ve known for years that our indoor environments, from offices to hospitals, can have a dramatic affect on our health, functioning, and mental wellbeing, and 2020 has proven the point…[Allen and Macomber] share insider tips and show how tracking what they call ‘health performance indicators’ with smart technology can boost a company’s performance and create economic value. A post-COVID handbook. -- Laura Raskin ― AIA New York

A lucid and passionate outline of why now is the time to acknowledge the huge and unrealized potential for buildings to make a positive contribution to the health and performance of their inhabitants, the economy, society and the planet. In this sense, this is a very different and innovative book compared with other similarly themed ones…This is a powerful and enjoyable book, which will appeal to those with an interest in business and built environment alike…Both a relatable and authoritative read. -- Marcella Ucci ― Buildings & Cities

Healthy Buildings makes a great contribution by urging us to shift to a ‘health-first’ mindset in relation to our built environment. Its unique insights help close the knowledge gap around healthy buildings, reveal their important role in global sustainability, and provide practical guidance on the main factors we should all be on the lookout for in our homes, offices, and schools. -- Cristina Gamboa, CEO of the World Green Building Council

The engaging conversational style of this comprehensive book makes it an ideal read for any busy building owner or executive who wants to learn about the new science of healthy buildings and to discover how following healthy building strategies may impact their (and society’s) bottom line. -- Christoph Reinhart, Director of MIT’s Building Technology Program and Head of the Sustainable Design Lab

Sustainability and health can no longer exist in separate domains. Healthy Buildings bridges the divide. Allen and Macomber link health science and business science for a new way to think about buildings. -- John Mandyck, CEO of Urban Green Council

Indoor air quality directly impacts our lungs, and we have a responsibility to remove indoor air pollutants that are linked to asthma, lung cancer, and other serious diseases. Healthy Buildings lays out the simple steps we can all take to improve our health. -- Harold Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association

About the Author

Joseph G. Allen is the Director of the Healthy Buildings program and an Assistant Professor at Harvard’s T. H. Chan School of Public Health. A renowned forensic investigator of sick buildings, he is a regular keynote speaker and advises leading global companies on Healthy Building strategies. His work has been featured in the Washington Post, National Geographic, and the New York Times.

John D. Macomber is a Senior Lecturer in finance at Harvard Business School. His work has appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Wall St. Journal Asia, and the Boston Globe. He is the author of more than thirty case studies on infrastructure projects with particular emphasis on office buildings in the United States, housing in India, water in Mexico, innovative project finance in Africa, and private-sector–led new cities in Asia.

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