Design + Construction
Thankfully many research hours of experts around the world have been dedicated to developing strategies for integrating health initiatives into processes of design and construction. It is not yet simple, but it's much easier than it used to be to include health as a major factor in design and construction decisions.
Design + Construction Projects
The case studies undertaken by the HML record systems of processes and decision making that go into the building of new AH developments across the United States. The team investigates specific developments that incorporate healthier building products and developers that have a stated mission to advocate for and transform standard building practices within the AH industry.
This studio designs in the knowledge that healthy buildings lead to healthy futures, empowering the community that resides within.
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.
The Helen R. Walton Children's Enrichment Center (HWCEC) and Early Childhood Initiatives Center (ECIC)
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.
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.
Design + Construction Resources
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.
Green Science Policy Institute (GSPI)
The Green Science Policy Institute's mission is to facilitate responsible use of chemicals to protect human and ecological health. They educate and build partnerships among scientists, regulators, businesses, and public interest groups to develop innovative solutions for reducing harmful chemicals in products.
Healthy Building Network (HBN)
The Healthy Building Network was founded in 2000 to reduce the use of hazardous chemicals in building products as a means of improving human health and the environment.
Health Product Declaration® Collaborative (HPDC)
The HPDC is a not-for-profit, member organization committed to the continuous improvement of the building industry’s performance – through transparency, openness and innovation in the practices of reporting, disclosure, specification and selection of building products.
MSR Design, Healthy Materials Lab
Developed by Aeon and Hope Community, The Rose is a mixed-income housing project in Minneapolis, MN. Our comprehensive investigation of this project helps us understand the processes and challenges of designing and building affordable, sustainable housing.