EL61 - Shaw Industries Presents: Designing Spaces That Heal

Thursday, November 21 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM | Booth L1741 « Back

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How does the built environment in which we live, work, and recover from illness impact human healing and well-being? Which elements inside facilities designed for the most vulnerable contribute to healing and which elements undermine healing? Every day, patients, workers and patients’ families encounter a wide array of chemicals in hospitals and health care facilities. Many of these chemicals have been shown to have a lasting negative impact on individual health, public health, and the environment. And yet, hospitals and health care facilities have tremendous influence to encourage environmentally sustainable building, advocate for reduced carbon pollution through better transit systems and use of clean energy, help to make green space available for physical activities, and reduce their own air and water pollution. Learn about the concept of "restorative health" -- the idea that there are many aspects to living a healthy life, and that a multitude of factors and conditions contribute to and maintain our overall health. Get more information on the recent launch of Health Care Without Harm’s Healthy Flooring Initiative - including a behind-the-scenes look at how a global flooring manufacturer works with health care facilities to ensure that their products meet or exceed global standards for healthy flooring. Discover how certification programs, including Fitwel, LEED v4, WELL and Living Building Challenge, can help building owners and designers focus on occupant health.

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Learn about current health care industry efforts to eliminate or substitute harmful chemicals and minimize chemical exposure of patients, health care workers and communities

Understand how design can support the concept of ‘restorative health’

Understand how major building certification programs including Fitwel, LEED v.4, WELL and Living Building Challenge incorporate health as a major component

Learn how a global manufacturer works with the health care industry to meet or exceed global standards for healthy products

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Event Type: Education Lab > Session