The built environment: Its role in improving health and well-beingPosted on February 3, 2021 (February 3, 2021) by Admin FuturarcYears202120202019201820172016FuturArc Webinar Series SurveyFAQFuturArc App Demo VideoCategoriesMain FeatureCity ProfileShowcaseCommentaryCommentary, Online Exclusive Feature / 2021The built environment: Its role in improving health and well-beingby Rachel Gutter, President, International WELL Building Institute Twenty-five years ago, the advent of Green building created a brand new market. Today, this industry is worth a trillion dollars worldwide.The stipulations about energy and water efficiency as well as waste and greenhouse gas reduction that underpin every building certification have been widely accepted as best practice across the globe.Health and well-being must be integrated into a broader systems change approach towards buildings and cities—alongside net-zero carbon and energy efficiency targets—if we are to accelerate the transition to a healthy and sustainable future.Image courtesy of SAHACHATZ/Shutterstock.com.See commentary from The Future of Cities: Sustainability’s Deceptive Dream by Dr Nikos A. SalingarosBuilding on an existing market infrastructure and an advanced sustainability movement, the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) strongly advocates that there’s no choice to be made between planetary health and human health. At scale, the two are inextricable.This makes it all the more clear that climate change is a human health issue in many ways: from the human costs of the natural disasters that are becoming more severe; and changes in agricultural output and the related water crisis; to the way a warming planet contributes to disease emergence.The ‘second wave of sustainability’ we are seeing now focuses on human performance, and must build on top of the first wave that focused primarily on building performance.Organisations, too, are recognising that people are their greatest asset.Companies increasingly understanding how design, construction and operation decisions—complemented by policies, programmes and protocols—can positively contribute to their employees’ health, happiness, satisfaction and productivity.Public space with human dimensions will attract use (TRAVEL TAKE PHOTOS/Shutterstock.com)READ: The Future of Cities: Sustainability’s Deceptive Dream by Dr Nikos A. SalingarosThe above is an excerpt. Click here for the full article.To read the complete article, get your hardcopy at our online shop/newsstands/major bookstores; subscribe to FuturArc or download the FuturArc App to read the issues.Previously Published Commentary, Online Exclusive Feature Commentary, Online Exclusive Feature / 2021Is co-living the answer to urban housing unaffordability crisis in Asia?Commentary, Online Exclusive Feature2021Is co-living the answer to urban housing unaffordability crisis in Asia? Commentary / 1st Quarter 2021Water Becomes the New Crude and Other ThingsCommentary1st Quarter 2021Water Becomes the New Crude and Other Things Commentary / 1st Quarter 2021Steering Clear of Catastrophe: Solutions from the Built EnvironmentCommentary1st Quarter 2021Steering Clear of Catastrophe: Solutions from the Built Environment Commentary, Online Exclusive Feature / 2021From ashes to Green concreteCommentary, Online Exclusive Feature2021From ashes to Green concrete Commentary, Online Exclusive Feature / 2021China’s impact on construction, economy & environment: A snapshotCommentary, Online Exclusive Feature2021China’s impact on construction, economy & environment: A snapshot Commentary, Online Exclusive Feature / 2021Snapshot: Bamboo & brick in VietnamCommentary, Online Exclusive Feature2021Snapshot: Bamboo & brick in Vietnam Commentary, Online Exclusive Feature / 2021Consuming content digitallyCommentary, Online Exclusive Feature2021Consuming content digitally Commentary, Online Exclusive Feature / 2021Land use and climate change as drivers of pandemic risk and biodiversity lossCommentary, Online Exclusive Feature2021Land use and climate change as drivers of pandemic risk and biodiversity loss Contact us at https://www.futurarc.com/contact-us for older commentaries.