This course will examine biophilia and sustainable and green design, focusing on the ways in which these concepts have evolved to incorporate human health and well-being. It will also specifically focus on concepts such as daylighting, demonstrating how the incorporation of natural light in design can contribute to productivity and well-being.

Finally, the course will examine several case studies where different products helped to contribute to sustainable, green design as well as occupant health and well-being.

Learning Objectives

  • Analyze the current approach to green design as it relates to the health and well-being of occupants in the built environment.
  • Examine the physiological and psychological benefits of green design principles such as biophilia.
  • Compare and contrast the application of building materials that directly impact the health, safety, and wellness of the occupants.
  • Identify opportunities for building professionals to specify materials that contribute to indoor environmental quality and occupancy comfort.

Pre-Requisite: None