Do buildings that are designed with nature in mind have advantages in the fight against coronavirus? Let us count the ways.
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.
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.
The conventional toilet turns out to be an unexpected suspect in spreading coronavirus. Do foam-flush composting toilets pose less of a risk?
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.
If you didn’t know better, you’d think elevators were designed to spread coronavirus. There’s an old-fashioned, less-infectious alternative: Stairs.
Green buildings promote patios, porches, gardens and green roofs for many reasons. Preventing the spread of COVID-19 in a new one.
The sun is no friend to COVID-19. The Living Building Challenge requires “views outside and daylight for 75 percent of occupants.”