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Sandro Galea, Catherine K. Ettman, and David Vlahov

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190915858

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190915858.001.0001

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Going Biophilic

Going Biophilic

Living and Working in Biophilic Buildings

Chapter:
(p.369) 40 Going Biophilic
Source:
Urban Health
Author(s):

Jie Yin

John D. Spengler

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190915858.003.0040

Green building design has emerged as a global force, with one green building standard reporting more than 3.5 billion square feet certified worldwide. Green buildings focus on reducing environmental impact through improved water storage, reducing environmental perturbation, and reducing energy usage. Although the environmental benefits of green building design are now well established, it is only more recently that the field has come to appreciate the health benefits of green building design. This chapter discusses the green building movement and the challenges and opportunities it represents, with lessons that can be learned and are generalizable to urban health scholarship and action worldwide.

Keywords:   green building, trees, urban forests, architecture, planning, design

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