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Healthy Building Alliance

Welcome to the Great Indoors!

The Healthy Building Alliance was launched by USGBC-LA (press release) to create a commitment that building owners, tenants, & individuals can make to provide healthy, resilient spaces to live, work, & play.

The Healthy Building Alliance was launched by USGBC-LA (press release) to create a commitment that building owners, tenants, & individuals can make to provide healthy, resilient spaces to live, work, & play. Read an article published by gb&d Magazine for October 2020 on the Healthy Building Alliance.

Did you know that: 

  • Indoor Air Quality can be 2-5 times worse than outdoor air quality?
  • 50% of illnesses affecting workforces are related to work environment conditions?
  • Employees that are satisfied with their work environment are 16% more productive, 18% more likely to stay in their job, and 30% more attracted to their company?

This is not a certification. This is a promise that anyone can make to provide healthy spaces for your employees, tenants, family members, and ultimately yourself. You make the commitment, you make the decisions on how you get there, and we help guide you on your journey. 

Our goal is to instill ownership, generate valuable data, and provide resources to support the journey for all Angelenos to experience healthy environments. Your commitment is to take:

Healthy buildings create healthier people, who are more productive, more resilient in the face of life’s challenges, happier, and perform better across the board.

The Healthy Building Alliance helps you collect invaluable data about yourself and the environment around you through: Tenant Surveys, Indoor Air Quality Sensors, & Water Testing

CLICK HERE to Join The Alliance! Feel the force of committing to a healthy environment today.

To help make sure you get what you need for the healthy journey ahead, our pricing is simple: $500 for your first location, $250 for each additional location, $100 per location for portfolios of 10 or more. All pricing is annual.*

* If cost is an issue for you, you may request a waiver for hardship to participate free of charge.

USGBC-LA will help support you in your healthy building journey by:

  • Connecting you with Indoor Air Quality Sensor companies that match your building and company needs at discounted pricing. 
  • Providing basic Green Cleaning plans and resources, including access to our Green Janitors Education Program through our partners at Building Skills Partnership and SEIU. 
  • Assisting you with assessing biophilia for your space and connecting you with resources to integrate plant life or urban gardens into your space. 
  • Providing basic fitness and activity guides for your occupants and/or connecting you to resources around active space design, fitness classes, and more. 
  • Connecting you with resources to provide annual water testing and analysis of your water quality.
  • Providing an Occupant Survey so you assess what your occupants or employees want out of their space, the impact it is having on them, and how they value the space. 
  • Providing you with a seal and badge to demonstrate your commitment to providing healthy space as well as a marketing toolkit for promoting your commitment and occupant engagement. 
  • Being here as a committed resource to help answer any questions or connect you with resources as needed to support you along the way, including our diverse green building community.

Healthy Building Alliance Launch Partners

 

HEALTHY BUILDING ALLIANCE PARTNER QUOTES

“We set our properties apart by providing environments that promote wellness and resiliency for our employees, tenants and neighbors.  Our partnership with the Healthy Building Alliance exemplifies our commitment to superior building performance and operational efficiencies as occupant health and safety remain our top priority.”

Natalie Teear, Vice President, Sustainability and Social Impact, Hudson Pacific Properties

"We are proud to join with USGBC-LA as an inaugural partner of the Healthy Building Alliance.  Now, more than ever, places matter to the future of protecting our families, our businesses and the public at large, and collaborative efforts like this play an important role in helping us accelerate the creation of places that advance health and well-being for everyone, everywhere."

Rachel Gutter, President, International WELL Building Institute

“UL is proud to support the Healthy Building Alliance with USGBC-LA.  The commitment to making healthier, more resilient buildings directly aligns with UL’s mission of working for a safer world, and we are looking forward to providing our expertise and support USGBC-LA with air and water quality testing for this program.”

Alberto Uggetti, Vice President & General Manager, UL Environment & Sustainability

"As the collective voice of the affordable housing industry, the Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing (SCANPH) is proud to support the Healthy Building Alliance in common cause with the USGBC-LA.  Nonprofit developers are committed to making safe, affordable, and healthy homes for low-income Southern Californians, so we look forward to working with developers, owners, subject matter experts, and residents to ensure we all equally benefit from healthy environments." 

Alan Greenlee, Executive Director, SCANPH

"Through training programs focusing on sustainable practices such as green cleaning techniques, janitors who are members of the SEIU United Service Workers West (USWW) are leading on keeping our buildings safe, healthy and efficient for tenants and the general public."

David Huerta, President, SEIU United Service Workers West

“Great job USGBC-LA on creating a healthy building program for organizations that want to pursue health and wellness in a cost-effective, practical and easily achievable way that engages occupants!  My clients are calling every day asking about wellness strategies, especially in the face of Covid-19, and the Healthy Building Alliance provides guidance at an economical price that will truly benefit the small and medium sized organizations. 

We look forward to working with you to help this mission grow.  The healthier our space, the safer our space.”

Melissa Gutierrez-Sullivan, WELL Faculty, WELL AP. LEED AP, Fitwel Ambassador, Vice President, Sustainability and Wellness Services, Cushman & Wakefield

“Ensuring that we have healthy buildings is not only something we truly believe in to improve the health of the Los Angeles built environment, but is a critical business strategy at KRC.  A recent study indicated that a $20/sf investment in healthy building upgrades can lead to $129/sf in value in commercial office buildings, and we believe building owners need this information to make wise investment decisions in their assets.  We look forward to partnering with USGBC-LA on this important initiative.”

Sara Neff, Senior Vice President of Sustainability, Kilroy Realty Corporation

“Building water health is a critical part of protecting employees, tenants, customers and residents. Poorly managed systems are at risk of waterborne Legionella amplification and other concerns. Not all buildings are created equal, and a sound water management program is key to your building’s resiliency, whether operating at full capacity or shuttered during a crisis.” 

Chris Boyd, General Manager, Building Water Health Program, NSF International

“An international scientific consultancy, CETEC is committed to creating a groundswell of informed demand for healthy buildings because that will super-charge our sustainability transition.  The Healthy Building Alliance does just that by putting actionable insight into the hands of occupants, removing barriers for engaging with the key influence on our health and wellbeing: our spaces.  CETEC is proud to support USGBC-LA in this important initiative.”

Elena Bondareva, WELL AP, LEED Legacy, Vice President: Growth, CETEC

“Building Skills Partnership is proud to partner with USGBC-LA and the Healthy Building Alliance.  We are committed to identifying solutions that reduce the environmental footprint of buildings, while collaborating towards a goal of healthy and resilient spaces to live, work, and play.  Our Green Janitor Education Program plays a critical role in training janitors to respond to the need within these spaces for sustainable cleaning practices.  We are delighted that USGBC-LA and the Healthy Building Alliance for the greater Los Angeles region have implemented Green Cleaning as a core principle.”

Laura Medina, Chief Operating Officer, Building Skills Partnership

 

A Note on Resources, Tools, & Guides

We have resources in the following categories: Indoor Air Quality / Green Gleaning / Access to Nature / Inspire Movement / Water Testing. Below is a description of each category and all of the resources can be found toward the bottom of this page.

Indoor Air Quality
People spend about 90% of their time in enclosed spaces and can be exposed to indoor air pollutants. Symptoms of poor air inhalation can range from headaches, dry throat, eye irritation to asthma attacks, infection with Legionella bacteria, to name a few. Common indoor air contaminants at home: stoves, furnaces and fireplaces, that release carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and small particles into the air. For all indoor spaces contaminants sources can come from building materials, furnishings, fabrics, cleaning products, and others. Outdoor air pollution can also influence indoor exposure. Installing indoor air quality sensors will track contaminants and guide you on next steps

Green Cleaning
Cleaning products may contain hazardous ingredients to human health and the environment: vapors or gases can cause or trigger asthma in children and adults, besides dermal symptoms associated with cleaning product use and exposure. Indoor air quality can be also affected by the use of cleaning products containing hazardous ingredients. Using green cleaning products with safer ingredients helps to protect workers and occupants health and safety, improve indoor air quality and supports market demand for safer ingredients.

Access to Nature
Occupants overall wellbeing can be improved through incorporation of nature in the space. According to WELL Certification studies, exposure to plants and other natural elements such as water and natural light has been associated with a variety of health benefits such as decreased levels of depression and anxiety, positive impact on mental health and wellbeing, stress relief and increased pain tolerance. Moreover, performance, satisfaction, memory and productivity are enhanced. Access to nature can be a creative way to provide healthy environments to occupants besides the aesthetics aspects of greening your space.

Inspire Movement
Studies show that people spend 3-9 hours/day sitting whether at homes, schools, workplaces or commuting, not because we want but because the way systems have been physically designed to demand less movement. The lack of physical activity is a public health concern and has been linked with mortality and chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, depression, stroke, dementia and some forms of cancer, according to studies referred by WELL Certification. Private and public sector have been collaborating to help design guidelines, codes and best practices that support solutions for physical activity in the built environment and workspaces.

Water Testing
The U.S. Institute of Medicine recommends that we consume approximately 91oz to 125oz of water per day, (from all sources including drinking water, other beverages and food.)  Along with all the improvements in drinking water quality over the years, potential sources of contamination were also inserted when chemicals  such as chlorine and chloramine were added to water treatment systems to kill pathogenic organisms, potentially leading to the formation of disinfectant byproducts that are harmful to humans health. In addition to drinking water, other water uses such as for heating and cooling systems, irrigation, pools and baths, are associated with other contamination sources that can set up conditions for Legionella or mold growth. These factors can be addressed through frequent inspections and sensors can mitigate the risks by monitoring water quality.

Case Study: Click here to learn how Burohappold has implemented Healthy Building Alliance strategies to their office space in Downtown LA.

Want to Go Further on Your Healthy Building Journey? 

Check out healthy building certifications from WELL and Fitwel as well as a list here of local consultants and providers. 

Questions? Want to get involved? Need help? Please reach out to info@usgbc-la.org

Make the commitment today!

Resources

Indoor Air Quality – Creating an Atmosphere to Thrive – by SEED Consulting Group

SCE Tool Lending Library

LEED Pilot Credit – Safety First: Managing Indoor Air Quality during COVID-19

Maintaining Green Cleaning Practices During COVID-19

LEED Pilot Credit – Safety First: Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Space

Building Performance measurement tools: Arc

Building Performance measurement tools: Healthy Buildings Benchmarking

LEED Pilot Credit – Safety First: Building Water System Recommissioning

COVID-19 And its Effect on you Building Water Health

Water Safety Plan Risk Assessment

Guidance for Building Water Systems

ASHRAE/ANSI Guidance to Help Minimize the Risk of Legionellosis

Perdue University: Building Water System Flushing and Recommissioning Protocols

gb&d Magazine: How the Healthy Building Alliance Makes Wellness Design Easier

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