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Housing Knowledge Community

Healthy Homes Research

Oct 23, 2011 4:49 PM

This is the fifth in a series of web seminars sponsored by the AIA Residential Knowledge Community that will explore the ways that architects use research to enhance the health, safety, social, economic and environmental performance of buildings as well as the experiences of housing residents. Experts will explore the many connections between the design of homes and the health of residents. They will discuss the impact of indoor air and water quality on health outcomes. The nature and cause of home injuries will also be explored. Participants will learn how to apply research to their practices in order to create healthy homes. Few factors are as key to healthy aging as a physically active lifestyle. A review of research and post-occupancy evaluation studies highlights residential design factors and strategies that can support physically-, mentally-, and socially-active lifestyles in seniors. There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion. With speakers: Greg Secord, Director of Resource Development at Mutual Housing Association of Greater Hartford and Sherry Ahrentzen, Ph.D., Shimberg Professor of Housing Studies, College of Design, Construction & Planning, University of Florida.


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