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Intentional design

The design process for Living Building Challenge projects is disciplined and rigorous. That rigor lends itself to solving precisely the kinds of complex problems that infectious diseases present.

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Green cleaning

A  commonplace impulse kicks in when we’re faced with infectious microbes: Obliterate them with chemical disinfectants. Often, that’s not the most effective approach.

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Composting toilets

The conventional toilet turns out to be an unexpected suspect in spreading coronavirus. Do foam-flush composting toilets pose less of a risk?

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Wood surfaces

Who doesn’t love wood? Its texture and color exude a sense of warmth that is almost elemental. Plus, it’s relatively inhospitable to the COVID-19 virus.

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Stairs before elevators

If you didn’t know better, you’d think elevators were designed to spread coronavirus. There’s an old-fashioned, less-infectious alternative: Stairs.

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Outdoor space

Green buildings promote patios, porches, gardens and green roofs for many reasons. Preventing the spread of COVID-19 in a new one.

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Daylighting

The sun is no friend to COVID-19. The Living Building Challenge requires “views outside and daylight for 75 percent of occupants.”

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Operable windows

Epidemiologists agree on one point about SARS-CoV-2: The virus that causes COVID-19 is transmitted most easily in enclosed environments. Operable windows may be an elixir.