Healthy Buildings

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.

The 9 Foundations of a Healthy Building circle logoThe 9 Foundations of a Healthy Building report cover

I also cowrote Healthy Buildings: How Indoor Spaces Drive Performance and Productivity (Harvard University Press; 2020, re-released in 2022 with a new chapter on pandemic resilience) 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.

Healthy Buildings: How Indoor Spaces Can Make You Sick - Or Keep You Well

A New York Times Book of the Year

A Fortune Best Book of the Year

An AIA New York Book of the Year

“This book should be essential reading for all who commission, design, manage, and use buildings—indeed anyone who is interested in a healthy environment.”—Norman Foster

What Makes an Office Building “Healthy”

Harvard Business Review: “the authors suggest a framework companies can deploy to keep people safe without crippling their businesses and our economy, as well as a series of health performance indicators to measure their progress.”

SCIENCE: paradigm shift to combat indoor respiratory infection

“We need to establish the foundations to ensure that the air in our buildings is clean…just as we expect for the water coming out of our taps.”