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Basics & Theory

HHI: Healthy House Quiz
Healthy House Institute offers you a quick quiz, based on some US facts, which test your Indoor Air Quality knowledge.
Education & Training

BPI: Healthy Home Evaluator Credential
Building Performance Institute offers the Healthy Home Evaluator Credential for those who want to assess home-based environmental health and safety hazards and provide a prioritized list of recommendations to address those hazards.
Industry Information

Builder Magazine: The Next Big Thing: Healthy Homes
Builder magazine says buyers are demanding, and paying more for, homes that don't make them sick.

ULI: Business Case for Healthy Buildings
Urban Land Institute report, The Business Case for Healthy Buildings: Insights from Early Adopters, documents how real estate leaders worldwide are increasingly seeking to create environments that support healthy lifestyles in both workspaces and homes.

US HUD: Presentations From 2008 National Healthy Homes Conference
US Department of Housing & Urban Development provides slide-show presentations from Building a Framework for Healthy Housing conference, held September 15-17, 2008 in Baltimore, discussing regulatory, policy, research, and outreach needs and their implications in the development of safe, healthy and efficient housing. (PDF)
Industry Sectors

IWBI: International WELL Building Institute
International Well Building Institute vision is to improve human health and wellbeing through the built environment.
Information Sources

Healthy Building Network: Resource Site On Healthy Building Products
Healthy Building Network provides information and resources on healthy and sustainable building materials.

Healthy Indoors: Magazine On Healthy Indoor World
Healthy Indoors magazine provides information and resources on healthy housing issues, products, and the industry.
Issues & Performance

Building Green: Health & Wellness Guidelines Coming From Interior Designers
Building Green says with demand for healthy buildings on the rise, American Society of Interior Designers are developing protocols to put principles into practice. Free Registration Required

Building Green: Health & Wellness Rating System Comparison
Building Green says with the emergence of health as a driver in planning, design, construction, and operations, a handful of building rating systems have begun to address and measure wellness-promoting features and strategies. This interactive graphic highlights how LEED, the Living Building Challenge, WELL, and Fitwel compare on a variety of health-related priorities. (PDF)

Healthy Indoors: Healthy Home Score
Healthy Indoors online video features Carl Grimes presenting on the Hayward Healthy Home Scoring Tool, recorded live at the IAQ & Energy 2018.

Healthy Indoors: Problematic Air Flows
Healthy Indoors says building and indoor-air-quality professionals should be aware of visible conditions that can lead to airborne irritants, contaminants, and allergens.

IWBI: WELL Building Standard
International Well Building Institute developed the WELL Standard to enhance people's health and wellness in the built environment. Free registration required.

NCHH: US National Healthy Housing Standard
National Center for Healthy Housing new National Healthy Housing Standard provides recommendations to improve the health impacts and safety of exiting homes.

NRC: Proceedings From 2008 Canadian Buildings & Health Services Network Conference
Canadian National Research Council, CMHC, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and Health Canada conference proceedings from an expert workshop in 2008 identify knowledge gaps that impede healthy design, suggest plans to address them, and how to break down barriers that obstruct interdisciplinary research and knowledge transfer among these disciplines. (PDF)

US EPA: Overview Of Sick Building Syndrome
US Environmental Protection Agency provides an overview of Sick Building Syndrome including introduction, causes, investigation procedures, solutions and additional resources. (PDF)

AIA: Local Leaders: Healthier Communities Through Design
American Institute of Architects report Local Leaders: Healthier Communities Through Design, demonstrates the power of architecture to improve public health with policies that promote active living, accessibility, transit options, and better indoor air quality. It offers replicable best practices for communities of all sizes. (PDF)

BRIK: In Search of Healthy Communities, Engaging Developers
Building Research Knowledge Base online paper In Search of Healthy Communities: A Conceptual Framework for Engaging Developers, outlines the early stages of a research initiative exploring considerations for building a business case for private developer investment in projects engaging community health. The resulting business cases would be able to inform municipal policies to encourage multifamily development projects that support creating a culture of health in communities, as well as incentivize or make the case to developers to incorporate health in their projects.

Builder Magazine: How to Choose Green Building Materials for Healthy Home
Builder Magazine provides tips to help builders choose materials that will give consumers a safe, chemical-free home.

Builder Magazine: Nine Key Steps To Building A Healthy Home
Builder Magazine says from radon mitigation and proper ventilation to moisture control, these strategies are often overlooked in builders' battle for superior indoor air quality.

Building Science: How To Design Build Or Renovate Healthy & Affordable Housing
Building Science online guide Read This Before You Design, Build Or Renovate describes healthy and affordable housing and gives practical recommendations for making a home dry, clean, well ventilated, combustion product free, pest free, toxic chemical free, and comfortable. (PDF)

Building Science: What Homeowners Need To Know About Mold
Building Science factsheet explains what mold is, how it grows & spreads, health effects, and methods of prevention & removal.

CDC: US Healthy Housing Reference Manual
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention online Healthy Housing Reference Manual provides information and resources on all aspects of healthy housing. (PDF)

E4The Future: Occupant Health Benefits of Residential Energy Efficiency
E4The Future paper Occupant Health Benefits of Residential Energy Efficiency summarizes reviews of existing research on residential EE measures and associated health impacts, discusses ways that programs monetize occupant health co-benefits, highlights innovative programs that combine EE and health-focused home repairs, and identifies research gaps and strategies to help advance and leverage funding across such integrated efforts. (PDF)

Fine Homebuilding: How To Build A Healthy House
Fine Homebuilding online video describes how a healthy house was built.

GBA: Hazardous Vapors Can Seep Into Your Basement
Green Building Advisor says the movement of underground contaminants into buildings is attracting increased scrutiny from health experts.

GBA: Toxic & Non-Toxic Houses
Green Building Advisor discusses why green builders are obsessed with toxins in houses.

Harvard: Challenges & Opportunities In Creating Healthy Homes
Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies report Challenges and Opportunities in Creating Healthy Homes suggests ways to help consumers make informed decisions. (PDF)

HPC: Health Benefits of Residential Retrofits
Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance online slide show presentation describes three projects related to capturing the value of non-energy & health benefits of residential retrofits. (Power Point)

LBL: Addressing Kitchen Contaminants For Healthy Low-Energy Homes
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories report Addressing Kitchen Contaminants For Healthy Low-Energy Homes identifies barriers to the widespread adoption of kitchen exhaust ventilation technologies and practice and proposes a suite of strategies to overcome these barriers. (PDF)

New Society: Purchasable Book On Prescriptions For A Healthy House
Prescriptions for a Healthy House is a practical guide on constructing healthier homes for architects, builders & home owners.It takes mystery out of healthy-house building, renovation and maintenance, by walking the owner/architect/builder team through the entire construction process. $23 CDN

OnHealth: Tips For Maintaining A Healthy Household
OnHealth interactive site gives some tips for a healthy household, for various rooms and areas.

Remodeling: Business Case for Health in Housing
Remodeling magazine online video provides ideas on how to marry health and value with housing.

Tree Hugger: How to Build a Healthy Home, Extreme Dream Edition
TreeHugger magazine says if a client came with a request to do the healthiest house possible, a new build on an open site in a temperate to cool climate, this is what might be proposed these days.

Tree Hugger: What A Healthy Home Is
Tree Hugger says a lot of people are thinking about how to build healthy houses as we learn about the dangers from chemicals within the home and pollution without. And architects people are realizing that our houses and workspaces have to do more than just provide shelter, and health is more than just physical.
Product Supply

Building For Health: Online Purchase Of Green & Healthy Products
Building For Health is a US site that has listings for green and healthy building materials that you can order online.

Energy Circle: Online Guide To Indoor Air Quality Monitors
Energy Circle online Guide to Indoor Air Quality Monitoring Devices For Healthy Home provides a listing of new products, along with descriptions, prices and links to suppliers for more information.

Fast Company: Google Plan To Make Our Buildings Less Poisonous
Fast Company says the Google-designed Portico platform features a product database organized by manufacturer, product category, and whether the product meets LEED and Living Building Challenge standards. Google also devised a numerical scoring metric according to how well the manufacturer discloses ingredients.

HGTV Remodels: 10 Products For A Healthy Home
GTV Remodels describes 10 products for a healthy home, including fungus-based insulation, chemical-free paint strippers, low-VOC wood stains, and more.

HPDC: Health Product Declaration Collaborative
Health Product Declaration Collaborative is the industry standard for communicating building product contents and related chemical hazards information.

Trim Tab: 10 Companies Making Healthy Interior Products
Trim Tab describes ten products made with innovative materials by companies who are pushing the limit on healthy products.
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