Healthy Building Initiative
Research. Education. Industry Engagement
Healthy Building Initiative aims to
create a new realm of knowledge on the links between the indoor environment, human health, and well-being to transform the status quo in real estate practice.
In order to make this transformation, we expect that the skillsets of future leaders of real estate will need to be at the intersection of...
In this era of social and technological transformation, we, the MIT researchers and innovators, are inspired to ask two questions:
(1) How does the indoor building environment affect human behavior, health, and performance?
(2) How can we use a deep understanding of building and human health productivity outcomes to accelerate the digital and social transformation of real estate that reinforce both business and social value?
Environment, Performance & Value
This study will build groundbreaking economics foundation, analyzing the indoor environment’s impact on shaping human health and productivity.
By linking environmental conditions in workplaces to human behavior, health, and productivity outcomes, the study investigations how occupants interact with different environmental conditions.
Healthy Building at the Intersection of Digital & Social Transformation
Currently, there are two sets of disconnected literature: 1) The digital transformation of the real estate industry; and 2) the shift from green towards healthy buildings. However, little research examines the interplay of these two transformational forces.
Our studies aim to fill the gap by developing a framework to understand if digital transformation of the real estate industry affects transformation towards higher sustainability goals? And how?
Working Title: Worker’s health & productivity outcomes from indoor environmental and air quality characteristics: a systematic review and meta-analysis
In this working paper, we are conducting a meta-analysis on the raft of literature related to worker health and productivity outcomes based on variations of the indoor environmental quality in buildings. From these findings, we aim to better we intend to estimate the effects of indoor environmental and air quality on health and productivity outcomes (for a variety of age groups and worker types).
New York City Local Law 97: An Analysis of Institutional Response & Decision Making Towards Groundbreaking Carbon Emissions Legislation
Author: Kristopher Steele
Driven by our research outcomes and MIT's project-based learning mission, we have developed relevant coursework for MIT students across disciplines.
Our proposed course, the Healthy Building Innovation Practicum will add to the curriculum and educate future leaders at the intersection of sustainable real estate, urban planning, design, health economics, digital technology, and business.
Via hands-on action learning, students will tackle the human health and well-being issues from the perspective of the building industry using digital technology-enabled innovation. This course has been made possible by the MIT J-WEL Higher Education Innovation Grant awarded to the teaching team in May 2020.
Three key learning goals:
Knowledge Mapping: students will better understand the lineage of healthy building economics, practices, and innovation strategies
Skills Amplification: Students from MIT’s 6 six schools already come with an expansive skill set. We intend to incubate those skills through action learning. Students will gain a holistic understanding of the technological and regulatory innovation, user experience to execute solutions that resolved current user experience and product deficiencies
Communication and Storytelling: Through multi-stakeholder engagement, students will build capabilities in problem-solving and relaying ideas to different stakeholders. Students will learn to create feedback loops to hypothesize, test, iterate, and learn in a cyclical pattern.
Holistic industry engagement with active practitioners is critical to understand and advance human health and well-being in the real estate industry. We will create a global network and outreach strategy. Co-creation workshop, webinar, and Innovation Challenge will be the main channel of our engagement.
Our network includes leading Real Estate corporations, research institutes, universities, the US Green Building Council, the China Green Building Council, and Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB).
We will continue to connect with practitioners across the globe in order to form long-term partnerships over the next 3 years.
Healthy Buildings Innovation Challenge
Siqi Zheng, Professor
Juan Palacios, Post-doc Researcher,
Zhengzhen Tan, Executive Director of Sustainable Urbanization Lab, Research Scientist
Fabio Duarte, Principle Research Scientist, Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Kristopher Steele, AIA, Research Associate, Master of Real Estate Development, Master of City Planning,
Carl Hooks, Research Analyst