Healthy Buildings, Healthy People
Americans spend 80% to 90% of their time indoors, making healthy indoor air quality essential to buildings that are good for the occupants and the planet.
These strategies include using materials that release few or no contaminants, providing high quality ventilation (either outside air from locations chosen to minimize contamination, or filtered), eliminating smoking, regular maintenance of ventilation systems, and keeping the elements, like water, out of the building. Monitoring systems can help control the temperature, humidity and amount of outside air that flows into the building. Additional considerations for healthy interiors include acoustics, access to daylight, views, and providing occupants with control over temperature, ventilation, and lighting.
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San Francisco is habitat for 800,000 people – meeting needs for space to work, play, and learn; for food, water, and air; for community with local flora and fauna. SF Environment provides support for urban agriculture and forestry and green buildings, helping residents and businesses harness environmental opportunities.