Here’s what we’re currently working on
A systems-based approach to reducing everyday human exposure to harmful chemicals in building products, HAMP connects manufacturers, building owners, and developers to reduce the use of harmful chemicals in homes, on construction sites, and in emissions from facilities.
Case Study Research
We are conducting focused research on five US developers and nonprofits that incorporate healthier building materials in order to transform typical building practices within the affordable housing industry.
2014 - ONGOING
Our demonstrations test the properties and performance of materials on site and in real situations, promoting healthier and affordable building options. All specifications developed and demonstrated are made available to others. Partners and collaborators provide useful feedback, which contributes to future research and projects.
HWCEC-ECIC is a model early childhood center and professional training facility dedicated to healthier learning and development during the first few years of children's lives. HML has been working with LTL Architects to find healthier material options, and educate all members of the design, construction, and operations teams on strategies specific to improving children's health.
A collaboration between Healthy Materials Lab and the New York City Housing Authority to improve the interior environmental health of day care centers—specifically demonstrating how color, light, and air quality can have a positive impact on early childhood development and health.
An 8-unit residential renovation in West Harlem designed to introduce healthier building materials and products to project contractors, as well as tenants.
TNP’s single family renovations in Warren, a rustbelt Ohio city, are designed to combat high rates of home abandonment. Renovations to date are cost effective but have not placed an emphasis on human health. A partnership with HML will introduce healthier building practices for the future.
2014 - ONGOING
Parsons offers extensive undergraduate, graduate, and associated art and design degree program options, each of which approaches materials culture in unique ways. HML operates across these programs and with practicing professionals, prototyping new curriculum models to explore healthier materials choices for all design decisions.
Designing affordable housing driven by healthy materials research. Students are asked to redefine health from the scale of the individual to the greater community and from the food we eat to the materials that surround us.
This studio designs in the knowledge that healthy buildings lead to healthy futures, empowering the community that resides within.
2014 - ONGOING
Our research into healthier affordable materials is an open resource for others—available via the Donghia healthier Materials Library at Parsons, our digital Resource Library, and our list of Healthy Affordable Building Products. Whenever possible, we aggregate and archive information, as well as offer physical material samples, product databases, evaluative tools, published reports, and in-person support.
Parsons School of Design, Healthy Materials Lab
The Donghia Healthier Materials Library is a resource for students, faculty, practitioners, and researchers from around the world to find material samples, evaluative tools, and in-person support. The Library is located at Parsons School of Design at The New School, and online in the Resource Library.
Healthy Materials Lab, Parsons School of Design
The building products in this library have been used in healthier affordable housing buildings nationwide and have been identified through Health Materials Lab Case Studies. The product categories aim to cover the most commonly used building materials in affordable housing.
What exactly does health mean to different people, and how do we make a website that is an effective tool for a diverse group of designers, affordable housing developers, housing residents, manufacturers, contractors, and useful to anyone looking to pursue material health initiatives?