Thursday, 16 July 2015 11:33

Four Examples of Designs that Reduce the Site-Specific Health Risks of Climate Change

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The health effects of climate change have been in the news this summer.

Over the course of three weeks:

    • Pope Francis released the first-ever encyclical letter calling for immediate and sustained action to mitigate climate change and protect the most vulnerable from exposure to climatic events.

    • The prestigious Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change released its 2015 report, which couches climate change as the most significant community health opportunity of our generation.

    • And, the White House hosted a summit, which resulted in the release of eight actions to protect communities from the health effects of climate change.

Green building design can help protect occupants from the negative health effects of climate change. However, the level of risk shifts from location to location in response to changes in the environmental, demographic, and community health context.

Click on the links below to read about four examples of the role design can play in protecting building occupants from the contextual health risks of climate change.

Note: The health impact statements in each example have been paraphrased from the Human Health section in the 3rd National Climate Assessment.

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Copyright: © Biositu, LLC, and Building Public Health, 2015.

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