Director of Interior Design, Geraldine Drake, NCIDQ, was a keynote speaker at the 2017 USGBC Wellness and Sustainability Summit.
The USGBC Indiana Central Branch recently hosted a full-day educational event at Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana. I was honored to be the Keynote for the event, presenting on Healthy Interiors: Understanding the unintended consequences and healthier choices related to chemicals in furniture and finishes.
The Summit featured speakers with engaging perspectives related to health, wellness and the built environment. With six presenters, the event created an opportunity for USGBC members to learn about projects and materials that focused on wellness and sustainability through LEED V4, the WELL Building Standard and the Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI). Collectively, the speakers were inspirational and deeply committed to improving population health in building construction, design and material choices.
With a passion for creating healthier environments, I was privileged to share information on the topic of Healthy Interiors, focusing on the following learning objectives:
- Introducing the Healthier Hospitals Initiative, Safer Chemicals Challenge, the similarities and differences of HHI, WELL Building and Fitwel
- Discussing the Unintended Consequences related to our health when exposed to Chemicals of Concern
- Identifying the top five Chemicals of Concern: Formaldehyde, Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC/Vinyl), Perfluorinated Compounds (PFCs), Antimicrobials and Flame Retardants
- Utilizing Evaluation Tools to avoid Chemicals of Concern
- Safer Chemicals and where to find compliant furnishings
“Is Your Building Healthy?” is an important question for architects and designers to ask themselves and more importantly, an opportunity to implement strategies that can contribute to healthier outcomes for building occupants.