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Fresh Air and Daylight – The Importance of Healthy Buildings in a Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that wellness considerations are no longer a mere value-add to a building, but rather a necessary element in allowing larger groups to safely reoccupy a space. Buildings already designed to LEED, WELL or Fitwel requirements have a leg up in this area. Designing for environmental health and lower carbon impacts have long been key selling points of these rating systems, but each feature criteria works to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and help occupants adjust safely to a new normal.

Universal Design: A tool for creating equitable spaces after COVID-19

Universal Design is a philosophy that emerged in the 1960’s to champion the design of inclusive products and environments for all, regardless of age, ability, size or background. While Universal Design is often seen as being singularly focused on disability inclusion, the underlying goal was always to create products and environments that were usable to the greatest extent possible by the greatest number of people possible.