Building Ecology Research Group
Hal Levin is a Research Architect with Building Ecology Research Group, Santa Cruz, California. Mr. Levin has conducted research and consulted on building’s impacts on occupant health and comfort as well as on the larger environment. Since 1978 his work has focused on the integration of knowledge about indoor and outdoor air pollution as well as other risk factors into the design, construction, and operation of residential, educational, and commercial buildings and communities. He has contributed to the design of many award-winning buildings including the design of ventilation, building materials’ selection, energy conservation, and total environmental quality. He has contributed to the scientific and professional advancements in the fields of life-cycle analysis and risk assessment as indicators of the sustainability of building designs and practices. He coined the term “building ecology” in the late 1970s (first published an article by that title in 1981), focusing on the dynamic and interdependent relationships between buildings, their occupants, and the larger environment. The list of his clients includes governments industry, and private individuals on five continents.