Healthy Buildings, Healthy People

Americans spend 80% to 90% of their time indoors, making healthy indoor air quality essential to buildings that are good for the occupants and the planet.This adjustable air diffuser in the Energy Foundation's LEED Platinum office helps improve air quality, energy efficiency, and productivity by enabling occupants to control how much air is delivered to condition the space.
These strategies include using materials that release few or no contaminants, providing high quality ventilation (either outside air from locations chosen to minimize contamination, or filtered), eliminating smoking, regular maintenance of ventilation systems, and keeping the elements, like water, out of the building. Monitoring systems can help control the temperature, humidity and amount of outside air that flows into the building. One of San Francisco's first green affordable housing projects, Plaza Apartments provides transitional housing for the formerly homeless. In addition to linoleum floors, formaldehyde-free wheat board casework, and on-site power generation, the building provides daylight, views, and operable windows for all tenants.Additional considerations for healthy interiors include acoustics, access to daylight, views, and providing occupants with control over temperature, ventilation, and lighting.

Additional Information for Healthy Buildings, Healthy People

San Francisco Department of Public Health Healthy Development Tool
The San Francisco Department of Public Health's Healthy Development Tool provides an approach for evaluating land use planning and urban development in the context of meeting human health needs