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.
In 1994, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Research Facilities (ORF), which is responsible for managing NIH properties, began a program called "The Healthy Building Initiative" to inform the work of NIH facility managers in considering the built environment as a contributor to health. This led to an in-depth review by the NIH ORF of building design and construction practices, and the realization that little attention was paid to designs that support occupant health.
Over time, the initiative became the Health in Buildings Roundtable (HiBR) and invited others involved in facilities management and building design from the government, private sector, and academic and professional organizations to provide additional perspectives. The goal of the HiBR is to identify, through available human research and professional best practices, the effects of building design and maintenance on health and wellness of building occupants and develop a set of shared values and best practices as a professional resource. The Roundtable is not a formal decision-making body, does not conduct or support research, and does not set official policy or guidelines. Any products resulting from the initiative are intended solely as a resource for professionals in facilities management and building design and construction.