Sustainability Academy
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  7 AIA LU/HSW; 1 AIA LU/Elective

The Sustainability and Healthy Materials Academy focuses on the increasing use of safe, environmentally friendly materials within the larger tent of sustainable design and occupant wellness across a wide range of residential, commercial, and industrial applications. The Academy explores environmental and aesthetic benefits, technical advances, code compliance, certification tools, and cost considerations—as well as the inherent opportunities for using healthy materials and sustainable design strategies to enhance not only the aesthetic value but also the overall life cycle, integrity, and occupant satisfaction of a given project. As innovative design solutions become increasingly critical in creating sustainable, cost-effective, modern structures, the use of natural materials and products is seeing a resurgence for their beauty and performance benefits.

Earn 8 AIA LU (7 AIA LU/HSW + 1 AIA LU/Elective).

Academy Courses
Sustainable Material Selection Delivers Better Spaces
Sustainable materials, ingredient transparency, and flexible sustainable designs improve interior sp...
The Benefits of Designing Healthier Buildings
Healthy material selection and design options
Wellness in the Workplace
The Next Wave: The latest certification tools for sustainability in offices and other buildings put ...
Healthy Materials
Sweating the Small Stuff: Some molecules don’t belong in a building. Product transparency helps ar...
Sustainable Campus Development
Campuses Go Green: Colleges and universities take environmentally responsible design to new levels.
The Picture of Health
A new certification system for buildings places the occupant at the center of sustainable design.

Academy Resources

Editorial Resources

Breath of Fresh Air: Hospitals that rely primarily on passive means for cooling offer a new model for healing environments.

Katharine Logan

Some of the impacts that biophilic elements can have on the health and well-being of building occupants

By Katharine Logan

Ways in which architects can guide projects to be more sustainable by using reclaimed materials and certification guidelines, such as Living Building Challenge (LBC), to meet those goals

Ways in which collaborative efforts between green building advocacy groups, construction and design professionals, and manufacturers have resulted in the emergence of tools and programs for assessing and improving materials