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Healthy Buildings: Unlocking Value through Design, Implementation, and Analytics

Harvard GSD Executive Education
Mar 16, 2020
Cambridge, MA


Monday, March 16–Tuesday, March 17, 2020 | REGISTER NOW

The green building movement is quickly becoming the healthy building movement, leaving many questions for the market: What is a healthy building, anyway? What is the evidence that healthy buildings boost human performance? How do you define, measure, and track productivity and performance? What new technologies, sensors, and analytical tools can be used? How do we evaluate risk in a changing climate and design for resiliency? This program explores the 9 Foundations of a Healthy Building and gives you hard evidence that an investment in healthy buildings is an investment in people that produces enterprise-wide benefits.

Businesses are in a global competition for talent, spending millions to attract the best and brightest. Once you have invested in recruiting top talent, the goal is now to optimize their performance. Healthy Buildings are the key to unlocking that performance. We spend the vast majority of our time indoors, so much so that the people who design, operate, and maintain our buildings have a greater impact on our health than our doctor. For businesses, the health and well-being of employees is their greatest asset and expense. To date, the green building movement has chased only a small fraction of the full potential of our buildings – energy, waste, and water. Future opportunities lie in focusing on human performance in buildings. 

In this 2-day course we will explore the 9 Foundations of a Healthy Building to define what a healthy building is. We will show you hard evidence that can be used to make the case that an investment in healthy buildings is an investment in people that will produce enterprise-wide benefits. We will weave in a tour of a Harvard Healthy Building to get a sense of what this looks like in practice, and we will have a hands-on demonstration of new sensor technologies and analytics that can be deployed across real estate portfolios. And, knowing the business maxim that what gets measured gets managed, we will show you how to move from measuring KPIs to measuring HPIs – Health Performance Indicators – to track progress toward healthy building strategies. Last, we cannot ignore the realities of a changing world, so we will discuss asset risk, ESG, and building resiliency in the age of a changing climate and rapid urbanization.

Joseph G. Allen, DSc, MPH, CIH 

Assistant Professor, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Maureen Ehrenberg | Global Head of Facility Management Services, WeWork
Heather Henriksen | Managing Director, Harvard University Office for Sustainability
Juliette Kayyem | Belfer Senior Lecturer in International Security, Harvard Kennedy School
Nils Kok | Associate Professor, Maastricht University, and Chief Economist, GeoPhy
John D. Macomber | Senior Lecturer of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
John Mandyck | CEO, Urban Green Council
Peter Miscovich | Managing Director, Strategy + Innovation, JLL

Monday, March 16–Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Location: Harvard University campus
Tuition: $3,200.00

Our popular summer programs on topics ranging from walkability, accesibility, and master planning, to urban retail design and real estate development, are also now open for enrollment. Explore more options and join us at Harvard for an exhilerating experience of learning and networking with other industry, professional, academic, and community leaders!

Published on:
December 4, 2019 - 8:39am
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