The variety of sustainable building rating systems promoting health and wellbeing can be confusing. With so many standards, how do you determine which are suitable for your project? How do you take advantage of the synergies between these rating systems to pick the right building materials? By increasing your knowledge of all the available options, you can make a more informed decision and achieve the best possible results for your building. In AEC Daily’s online course you can explore health and wellbeing credits across sustainable building rating systems and study the many options for creating optimal conditions for building occupants. Throughout history, building requirements have changed to match our increasingly complex needs and the evolution of construction materials. Along with these changes came a growing recognition of health and safety concerns, leading to periodic revisions of building codes. For example, the recognition of sick building syndrome during the late 20th century brought the link between health issues and building design to the forefront. Poor ventilation systems and a range of biological and chemical contaminants caused tenants to suffer from symptoms including dizziness, headaches, nausea, and skin irritation. Building codes were revised to improve ventilation, as well as placing restrictions on hazards such as asbestos and radon gas.
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