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Awardee:ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
Doing Business As Name:Arizona State University
PD/PI:
  • Patrick E Phelan
  • (480) 965-1625
  • phelan@asu.edu
Award Date:11/28/2017
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 25,000
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 25,000
  • FY 2018=$25,000
Start Date:12/01/2017
End Date:11/30/2018
Transaction Type:Grant
Agency:NSF
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.041
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:Collaborative Research: Workshop on "Health in Buildings for Today and Tomorrow"
Federal Award ID Number:1745941
DUNS ID:943360412
Parent DUNS ID:806345658
Program:ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY
Program Officer:
  • Bruce K. Hamilton
  • (703) 292-7066
  • bhamilto@nsf.gov

Awardee Location

Street:ORSPA
City:TEMPE
State:AZ
ZIP:85281-6011
County:Tempe
Country:US
Awardee Cong. District:09

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:Arizona State University
Street:
City:Tempe
State:AZ
ZIP:85281-6011
County:Tempe
Country:US
Cong. District:09

Abstract at Time of Award

1745941 (Phelan)/1746081 (Hu). This workshop will address the science and engineering research questions motivated by designing and operating buildings for both energy efficiency as well as for the health of the occupants. A diversity of researchers from both the buildings and the public health R&D communities will be brought together to determine optimal approaches for integrating health and energy efficiency to promote the development of new human-centered design paradigms and building technologies. Other participating federal agencies include the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the US Department of Energy (DOE). The industry partners include the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The workshop will leverage a two-year DOE project that created a vision for buildings in 100 years, and the ongoing "Health in Buildings Roundtable" organized by NIH and CDC. The workshop will be hosted by NIH at the Natcher Conference Center in Bethesda, MD, in July, 2018. The U.S. population spends perhaps 87% of their time inside buildings, and consequently it is reasonable to assume that building environments have a correspondingly large impact on occupant health. At the same time, the construction and operation of buildings has a large environmental impact: globally, buildings are responsible for approximately one third of primary energy consumption, and one third of greenhouse gas emissions. In the USA, building energy costs in 2016 were ~$408B annually, while annual healthcare costs were ~$3.2T in 2015. Additionally, potential worker productivity gains from improved indoor environments have been estimated at up to ~$230B (in 2016 dollars). Clearly, improving building sustainability while at the same time improving health outcomes would have significant economic impacts. Furthermore, by bringing together researchers from the typically separate fields of sustainable buildings and public health, the organizers are targeting to influence the education of future researchers by broadening their perspectives to consider these diverse but interrelated fields.

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