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VISION Keynote: Environmental and Health Data in Context
February 15 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
This event is FREE and open to the public. Join us in a great space for some good conversation!
This event provides 1.0 AIA HSW LU. Web registration required.
5:30 pm: Sign-in, networking
6:00 pm: Discussion, Q&A
The Skeleton Root
Environmental and health Data in Context: A Designer’s Guide
The built environment sets the context for many aspects of health and wellness. It can protect communities from (or expose them to) environmental contaminants such as air pollution and toxic chemicals. It can promote (or impose barriers to) healthy behaviors such as walking. And, it can mitigate (or amplify) the health effects of climatic events such as heat waves, flooding, and wildfires.
However, building design and urban planning do not lead to certain health outcomes on their own. The effect of the built environment on community health is determined by the interplay of the environmental context with the underlying socioeconomic and health status of community members. Some groups, such as children and the elderly, are more vulnerable than others to negative health outcomes. Design teams should incorporate the health status of the surrounding community and future occupants into the project due diligence process – similar to tailoring the design to maximize the project’s topographic, infrastructure, and zoning context.
This interactive presentation will demonstrate how a site’s baseline environmental and health profile can be leveraged to develop data-driven justifications for green building design decisions. It will introduce contextual environmental and health data analysis as a straightforward, quantifiable process for prioritizing the green building design strategies that are most likely to lead to positive health outcomes on a specific site. Participants will have the opportunity to test out the methodology on a local case study – developing a baseline environmental health profile and preliminary design recommendations for a site in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood.
Adele Houghton, a licensed Architect in the State of Texas; LEED Accredited Professional with specialties in Building Design & Construction, Operations & Maintenance, and Neighborhood Development; and, public health professional is President of Biositu, LLC, a strategic consulting company dedicated to using public health research and data to inform climate change and green building policies and practices. Her work has included green building consulting; incorporating environmental public health indicators into climate protection work in Austin, TX; developing evidence-based recommendations linking green building and health for three affordable housing developments in St. Paul, MN; and, compiling a climate and health addendum for a seven-county rural health department in Kentucky. At the national level, she has co-developed guidance documents addressing the links between human health, climate change, and/or green building for organizations such as the US Green Building Council, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, and the American Planning Association. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the American Public Health Association, and the Urban Land Institute. Biositu, LLC, is a member of the US Green Building Council.
Participants will:Articulate the reasons why it is critical to conduct a contextual analysis of the environmental health needs on and surrounding a site as part of the green building design process.
- Articulate the reasons why it is critical to conduct a contextual analysis of the environmental health needs on and surrounding a site as part of the green building design process.
- Apply health data analysis as a straightforward; quantifiable process for prioritizing the green building design strategies that are most likely to lead to positive health outcomes on a specific site.
- Debunk common myths about the limitation of applying site-specific environmental health data to the design process.
- Participate in a contextual environmental health data analysis exercise resulting in evidence-based design recommendations.
VISION is the “Architect’s Leadership Forum” of AIA Cincinnati, dedicated to professional advancement, firm development, and community outreach.