Designing for climate change

August 10, 2018 —A new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that students who lived in dormitories without air conditioning during a heat wave performed worse on a series of simple tests compared with students who lived in air-conditioned dorms. The findings show that the effects of extreme heat are not just felt by those typically thought of as vulnerable—such as the elderly. And with global temperatures on the rise, the research underscores the need for sustainable design solutions in mitigating the health impacts of extreme heat.

In this week’s episode, we’ll speak with the authors of that study to learn how we can  better design our buildings and cities to adapt to our changing climate. You’ll hear from Joe Allen, assistant professor of exposure assessment science and director of the Healthy Buildings Program at the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment, and Jose Guillermo (Memo) Cedeño Laurent, associate director of the Healthy Buildings Program.

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Extreme heat linked with reduced cognitive performance among young adults in non-air-conditioned buildings (Harvard Chan School news)

Your building might be making you sick. Joe Allen can help. (Harvard Gazette)

See the nine foundations of a healthy building below, and learn more by visiting the Healthy Buildings Program website.


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