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9 Foundations

9 Foundations

Clear and actionable core elements of healthy indoor environments

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

The 9 Foundations of a Healthy Building

The Inspiration Behind the 9 Foundations of a Healthy Building

The idea for the “The 9 Foundations of a Healthy Building” arose from many interactions over the past several years with real estate professionals, building owners, hospital administrators, facilities directors, homeowners, and academic colleagues. Two things stood out. First, during these discussions, we would often say, “The idea of a healthy building has been made too complicated. We know how to make buildings healthy. There are a few simple foundations.” This of course led to requests to name the foundations of a healthy building.

In the ensuing discussion and debate we realized that we, the public health community, have failed to translate our research into actionable information; the richness of the public health literature was invisible to key decision-makers. Second, in these presentations and meetings we would often hear some variation of the refrain, “Your research is very interesting, but I can’t take a scientific paper into my meeting on Monday and convince a building owner or manager to do things differently. I need a short summary.” Thus, the 9 Foundations project was born.

Relevant Research

Sep 9, 2021
Environmental Research: Associations between acute exposures to PM2.5 and carbon dioxide indoors and cognitive function in office workers: a multicountry longitudinal prospective observational study
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Sep 1, 2021
Nature: Electronic cigarette smoke reduces ribosomal protein gene expression to impair protein synthesis in primary human airway epithelial cells
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In The News

Oct 3, 2021
The Atlantic: Employers Have Been Offering the Wrong Office Amenities: Workplaces need fresh air, not foosball tables and coffee bars.
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Sep 28, 2021
The Washington Post: Opinion: Indoor masking doesn’t always make sense when everyone is vaccinated
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