My work centers around the belief that we have to force a collision between two disciplines: building science and health science. To that end, I founded the Healthy Buildings Program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. One of the first goals of the program was to synthesize 30 years of public health science into identifying what it is that makes a building “healthy.” We summarize our findings in the 9 Foundations of a Healthy Building report.
I also cowrote Healthy Buildings: How Indoor Spaces Drive Performance and Productivity (Harvard University Press; 2020) with John Macomber. Building on the mission of the Healthy Buildings Program, we combined our expertise in the fields of public health, urban resilience, commercial real estate, and building science to show the impact buildings have on our health and performance, and how every indoor environment can be made healthier for the people inside.