Climate, Carbon, and Human Health

Typically when we think about global climate change, we don’t think about its impact on our human health. Rather, we may associate it with severe weather-related events, changes in plant and animal life, and other things that we perceive as separate from our bodies. However, whether we recognize it or not, the health of all people is being impacted by global climate change.

While some efforts, such as green building programs, have helped architects account for and reduce the environmental impact of the buildings that they design, there is an immediate need to do more in order to protect public health, safety, and welfare.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify and recognize the direct relationship between climate change and
  2. human health.
  3. Assess the impact that green building rating systems such as LEED are having on the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG)emissions into the environment.
  4. Investigate the organizations and tools available to assist design and construction professionals in determining the carbon footprint of a building.
  5. Explore examples of different building and product types that can be designed and specified to work toward carbon-neutral or carbon-negative (storing) buildings.

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1 GBCI CE Hour