Current global conditions call upon building designers to be more creative and innovative in every design category, including the office, the landscape, the restaurants and the stores. And it’s not only in the interest of creative design, but innovative approaches to the preservation of public health.

A trio of new initiatives present time-sensitive building standards and propositions regarding policy changes that will cultivate healthier, more sustainable places to live and work.

More than 680 architects, engineers, and interior designers representing more than 50 nations have petitioned Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, calling upon the WHO to progress best practices regarding interior spaces to shield people from the spread of COVID-19. Best practice standards, in their view, will elevate public awareness of places they go, live and work.

The petition sports signatures from members of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), and the World Green Building Council—with Rachel Gutter, IWBI president, saying that this collective call to action shows that the building industry can stand at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19.

The U.S. Green Building Council released guidelines in June to outline reopening strategies for public buildings. Four new Safety First Pilot Credits specify sustainable best practices regarding cleaning, re-occupancy, HVAC, and plumbing. The credits form a key component of a USGBC strategy presented in May entitled, Healthy People in Healthy Places Equals a Healthy Economy.

The USGBC also has made a Healthy Economy Commitment, encourging public health officials and elected officials to follow through with ecoconscious construction policy priorities.

And this month, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) introduced the first Policy Platform 2020 that stands as a statement regarding the group’s policy priorities for U.S. political candidates and Congress. Based on the concept of “Building a Healthy America,” the platform emphasizes a trio of primary subjects: Economy, Climate Action, and Healthy and Equitable Communities.

Dedicated to zero-carbon methods, rejoining the Paris Climate Accord, encouraging toxin-free existences in affordable homes, and the enhancement of water and air quality, the platform covers it all.


Source: Arch Daily.Com