With the emergence of sick building syndrome in the 1970s and the emphasis on LEED standards today, many interior designers are becoming interested in the topics of health and sustainability. Health, Sustainability, and the Built Environment examines the concept of sustainability as it pertains to sustaining human health. By analyzing the many ways that humans interact with the built environment, the text teaches students how to identify both the positive and negative effects that their designs can have on the health of the occupants.
Addresses contemporary issues for interior designers such as the meaning of building-related illness and sick building syndrome and how a well-planned built environment can support the needs of individuals with various health problems
Provides examples of how interior designers can apply ergonomic principles to the following elements in the built environment: lighting, noise, space, and furnishings
Discusses considerations designers must make for the three groups within
all societies that often require extra assistance: children, disabled persons,
and older adults
Provides examples of how good design can help prevent injuries and deaths in the built environment and help prevent various diseases and injuries
Gives examples of how designers can help clients make good decisions about techniques
and products that conserve energy without harming human health
Introduction to Environmental Health
Environmental Health and Sustainability
Overview of the Human Body
Common Environmentally Related Diseases and Conditions
The Built Environment and Health Threats
Common Contaminants in the Built Environment
Creating Healthy Environments
Creating Healthy Environments for Specific Populations
Promoting Healthy Lifestyles
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PhD, NCHES, ASID, IDEC, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Interior Design and Fashion at Radford University. He was previously Associate Professor of Design at the NewSchool of Architecture and Design, and served as a Visiting Lecturer at Virginia Commonwealth University in Doha Qatar and Visiting Professor at the University of Hawaii in the schools of Architecture and Medicine. A member of the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) and certified by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHES), Kopec is also a Fullbright Specialist and member of ASID's Distinguished Speakers. Among Kopec's most notable accomplishments include several journal articles and authoring three textbooks and two monographs. He is a recipient of ASID Foundation 2006 Joel Polsky Prize, volunteer award from Rebuilding Together San Diego 2008, and the NSAD President Award 2010.