The National Institute of creating Sciences (NIBS) Consultative Council has issued its 2020 CONTINUE Report , considering the significance of healthy buildings closely. The report examines how buildings can protect and promote public health, providing tips for President Biden and policymakers on three the different parts of healthy buildings: indoor environmental quality, the significance of design to advertise health, and promoting knowledge transfer between building owners and public health officials.
“Making certain the spaces where we live and work are healthy and safe for continued occupancy is crucial to overcoming the pandemic,” said Lakisha A. Woods, CAE, CEO and president of NIBS. “This can be a fundamental pillar of public community and health resilience. The idea of healthy buildings goes well beyond continual sanitation of a building’s indoor environment to get rid of pathogens.”
The NIBS Consultative Council assembles high-level building community leaders to create collective recommendations right to the President of america and policymakers to boost the nation’s buildings and infrastructure.
On the list of recommendations in the report:
The Administration, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), along with other relevant federal agencies should increase investment into critical research on the impacts of indoor environmental quality (IEQ) and resilience on health insurance and productivity. Of particular importance is research into how retrofits to the nation’s existing building stock may be used to improve IEQ.
Federal agencies, including DOE, NIST, EPA, General Services Administration (GSA), and USA Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), should support research targeted at identifying improvements to building codes along with other criteria that may provide cost-effective methods to enhanced building performance. This will include opportunities to shorten the regulatory and code development process, and enable it to become more anticipatory of future and current disruptions to public health.
Congress, U.S. Department of Transportation, HUD, DOE, Federal Emergency Management EPA and Agency, with input from the community-based organizations, advocates, and the private sector, should identify and enact policies, including incentive programs, that encourage building operators and owners to purchase critical activities that promote healthy IEQ. Clean water, healthy high-performing buildings, clean interior and exterior air, and equitable and fair usage of healthy and resilient places are critical the different parts of our nation’s infrastructure. Particular incentive ought to be directed at supporting improvements in disadvantaged communities or populations which are influenced by flaws in existing structures, those designed with toxic or unsafe materials, or that present unsafe living or working conditions to occupants.
Go to the NIBS site to download the 2020 CONTINUE Report.