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Health in Buildings for Today and Tomorrow

The Health in Buildings Roundtable (HiBR) provides a forum for professionals who have an interest in health in buildings to share ideas and best practices for designing, constructing, operating and maintaining buildings and facilities.



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Welcome to HiBR

Hello!  Welcome to the Health in Buildings Roundtable (HiBR)!
Together with my colleagues, who are a multidisciplinary group that are interested in all areas and aspects of building health and occupant health, we work together to share ideas and best practices to inform our individual efforts in building renovation, design, construction and maintenance.

2020 HiBR Conference

Natcher Conference Center May 5, 2020 to May 6, 2020
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Work Groups

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    Physical Activity

    Given that most people spend a large portion of their times in buildings — often sitting in front of computers and using elevators or escalators rather than taking the stairs — this group will identify available research on best practices designed to increase overall physical activity within work environments.

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    Measurement Methods for Human Health

    This working group will identify research and techniques used to measure the impact of building design and operations on occupant health and well-being. The expanding use of measurement technologies, including both wearable devices and environmental sensing devices, provides new ways of assessing environmental exposures in buildings. The group will identify methods that are used to measure the impact of the built environment on occupant health including sensing technologies, behavioral observations, physiological measures, archival records, surveys, photography and videography as a resource for engineering and facilities professionals.

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    Psychosocial Outcomes and Urban Greenspace

    The group will identify research on the relationship between the built environment on occupant health. Areas will include cognitive performance, emotional well-being, stress reduction, circadian health, and healing. The overall goal of this group is to identify best practices for designing built environments that take into account human behavior and positively affect physical, mental and psycho-social well-being.

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    Indoor Air Quality

    This working group will focus on identifying research and best practices to reduce occupant exposure to indoor air pollution. Of special interest are “chemically sensitive” people who are more likely to be able to sense allergens and chemicals in the air. The working group will also examine the use of techniques and products that are designed to improve indoor air quality, such as improved air flow, use of charcoal air filters to cleanse air of chemicals, etc. The aim of this group is to identify methods to reduce chemical exposures such as pesticides, herbicides, carbon monoxide, chlorine, formaldehyde, phenol, and alcohol methane gas, gas sources for heating, and chemicals used in furnishings and building materials.

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    Energy, Health & Sustainable Communities

    This workgroup will examine research and best practices to create and maintain healthy and sustainable buildings and communities. Buildings and communities are inherently interwoven, and affect occupant health, wellbeing, and productivity. This group will look at sustainable energy sources that also maintain health and productivity. The primary goal of this work group is to understand how energy and health are interrelated in the built environment and determine how energy supply and consumption can be optimized to benefit building occupants while minimizing the impact on the environment.

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    Water and Indoor Moisture

    This group will identify research to improve management of indoor moisture in buildings and reduce incidents of mold, microorganisms and bacteria build-up within buildings. The mold levels inside buildings are determined by moisture content and building ventilation, and the group will seek to identify best practices in moisture management in buildings.


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