Health in the Built Environment


GBA Health Series

GBA’s series on Health in the Built Environment will prepare owners and practitioners to construct spaces that prioritize occupant health and productivity. The series connects research in neuroscience and cognitive behavior with building design and maintenance, proposing practical solutions to improve tenant well-being. Presenters will highlight the balance between environmental impact and human health, while delving into cutting edge practices in materials specifying, wellness certification, and building operations and controls.

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GBA is offering exclusive pricing for members, with a deep discount for a full 4-event series package. While each session focuses on a critical aspect of healthy building practices, we hope you will take advantage of the series’ comprehensive arc, which provides interlocking trainings spanning initial planning to building maintenance. Members at any level can benefit from this perk.

Single Session: $45 | GBA Members: $35

Entire Series (includes all Health sessions): $95

Focused Ed Pass (includes all Equity and Health sessions): $175



The Energy-Health Nexus | Achieving Efficiency and Indoor Environmental Quality Together: Energy efficiency and healthy indoor environmental quality have long been seen as mutually exclusive. We’ll explore tips and proven methods for achieving both simultaneously.

Navigating Health and Wellness Standards: What tools and frameworks are available for prioritizing healthy indoor spaces? Participants will explore the WELL and Fitwel standards and how to decide between the two, and also discuss how other standards like LEED v4, Passive House and Living Building Challenge incentivize healthy spaces.

Tools for Specifying Healthier Regional Building Materials: When choosing building materials, the choice is often between those that are extracted and manufactured regionally (thus reducing vehicle miles traveled and infusing the local economy), and those that contribute to improved human health. Practitioners will explore some concrete tools and recommendations to enable project teams to find healthy and regional materials.

Healthy Spaces for All: Our equity and health series intersect in the last event of the series.  Participants will explore challenges communities are faced with that stem from the environments that they live in.  K-12 schools and low-income housing are often the worst perpetrators of poor indoor air quality, resulting in unhealthy occupants and higher levels of negative health effects such as asthma and other respiratory issues.  Experts in the health building sector will share best practices and enabling policies to help ensure that everyone has access to healthy environments. 


We would like to thank UPMC for making this series possible.