Health as the Foundation
Buildings play a critical role in the sustainable development challenges we face, but they can also play a role in helping us overcome these challenges in sustainable and equitable ways. What is the role of buildings in advancing the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and addressing the challenges posed by rapid urbanization, natural resource constraints, and climate change?
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“We Shape our Buildings; Thereafter They Shape Us”Winston Churchill
The United nations Sustainable Development Goals
On average, people spend 90% of their lives indoors. These places are where we work, eat, sleep, and learn, and therefore determine our health. By focusing on healthier indoor environments, we can simultaneously reduce exposure and risk and optimize learning and wellbeing.Download the Report
Land, materials, water, and waste required for and generated by buildings strain global resource health. Buildings, for example, account for 12% of total water use. Green building strategies, net-zero approaches, and green chemistry principles hold promise to minimize the impact of buildings on our natural systems and resources by reducing harmful chemicals, water, waste, and building costs.Download the Report
The global construction market is rapidly growing, and by 2020, is expected to be worth $10 trillion. Improving IEQ in current U.S. office spaces are estimated to yield economic benefits of $20 billion annually.Download the Report
Buildings are responsible for 40% of global energy use and 30% of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions which impact the climate, quality of life both on land and below water. Climate change impacts are already testing the resiliency of cities, buildings, and natural resources across the globe. Green buildings present an opportunity to achieve energy use reductions resulting in health and climate co-benefits.Download the Report