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

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How  green buildings intersect 11 of the 17 U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. 

To meet the challenges of rapid urbanization, natural resource constraints, and global climate change, as well as those posed by severe poverty and inequality around the world, the United Nations (UN) developed a framework, known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to encourage sustainable, equitable, and environmentally-conscious development by governments, private sector, and society over the subsequent 15 years. In this report, The Nexus of Green Buildings, Global Health and the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, we explore how green buildings intersect with 11 of the 17 goals.


Joseph G. Allen, Aaron Bernstein, Erika Eitland, Jose Cedeno-Laurent, Piers MacNaughton, John D. Spengler, Augusta Williams

October 5, 2017

Learn more about our Healthy Buildings Team
The Healthy Buildings Team created the 9 Foundations of a Healthy Building as a standardized, holistic approach to understanding how buildings impact the people inside them. In any indoor space - offices, homes, schools, airplanes - these foundations can be assessed via Health Performance Indicators, or HPIs. Derived from the business term Key Performance Indicators, HPIs are metrics that provide insight into how a building is performing.

By tracking HPIs on all 9 Foundations of the built environment, we can discover how to optimize buildings for health. We call this "Buildingomics": the totality of factors in the built environment that influence human health, well-being and productivity of people who work in those buildings.