Healthy Buildings

The quality of indoor spaces—including ventilation, temperature, noise, and light— has an outsized impact on our health due to the amount of time we spend indoors. It affects how we think, how we sleep, and how we perform at work and school. In fact, the people who are responsible for the design, operation and maintenance of your building may be as important to your overall health as your primary care physician.

The Center’s Healthy Buildings program aims to improve the lives of all people, in all buildings, everywhere. We design and execute research that aims to understand the factors that drive health and productivity in the built environment.

Our goal is to improve the lives of all people, in all buildings, everywhere, every day.
We see health as the primary motivator for action.


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The official website of our Healthy Buildings Team



Meet the Team

Jack Spengler

John D. Spengler, Ph.D.

Akira Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Original Research

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Featured Resources

The Nexus of Green Buildings, Public Health, and the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals

How Do We Measure Human Performance, and What Does it Mean for the Workplace?

Do the Microbes in Your Workplace Impact the Microbes in Your Body?

Study Shows Green Buildings May Be Healthy Buildings

Graphic: What Makes a Building Healthy?


Latest News

Over 900 Attend Our 'Knowledge in the Air' Webinar Sponsored By EPA

Cloudy skyDo green buildings effect human health and cognitive function? 

On May 11, 2016, nearly 950 people logged into a webinar hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Indoor Environments Division to hear from our Healthy Buildings team as they presented findings from their study on the Impact of Green Buildings on Cognitive Function.... Read more about Over 900 Attend Our 'Knowledge in the Air' Webinar Sponsored By EPA



In the Media

Energy-efficient Green Buildings May Emit Hazardous Chemicals

September 19, 2017
“Synthetic chemicals are ubiquitous in modern life. They’re in new housing, old housing, green housing, conventional housing and high- and low-income housing,” Gary Adamkiewicz, Dir. of our Healthy Cities Program. 
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