Healthy Building Practices

Building and operating healthy, affordable housing

Home environments have a recognized impact on residents' health.  Fortunately, how affordable housing owners build and operate housing can positively impact residents' health. Choices affordable housing owners can make regarding health include using non-toxic materials, designing layouts and choosing amenities that promote higher levels of physical activity, offering services that help residents maintain their health, and implementing retrofits in ways that promote good indoor air quality.

As part of Bringing Sustainability Home, SAHF will work with affordable housing providers to pilot, assess, and integrate a range of healthy buildings practices as part of our commitment to providing quality living spaces. 

Building Certifications and Health

Several building certification programs address health in buildings, including:

Additional Resources from Industry Partners

E4TheFuture’s Occupant Health Benefits of Residential Energy Efficiency report identifies the potential health benefits of residential energy efficiency upgrades.

Energy Efficiency for All's Policy Matters: Making Energy Upgrades Healthier for Residents, Workers, and Neighbors discusses how to make healthier choices when it comes to energy efficiency upgrades like insulation and air-sealing.

Green & Healthy Homes Initiative’s Achieving Health and Social Equity through Housing: Understanding the Impact of Non Energy Benefits in the United States develops a framework for understanding the connection between the multiple benefits of energy efficiency upgrades and social determinants of health.

The Healthy Building Network's HomeFree Initiative supports affordable housing leaders who are improving human health by using less toxic building materials. Check out their demonstration projects and resources such as recommended product specifications.