Resources for Promoting Resiliency and Human Health in the Built Environment - Chemical Insights

Tools for Building Practitioners

This sections contains resources to help building professionals incorporate resilient mitigation strategies into their projects that also support human health, including: design frameworks, voluntary construction standards, green codes, guides, online courses, and case studies.

Architects’ Guide to Business Continuity

The American Institute of Architect (AIA)

Building America’s Solutions Center

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Centering Health Equity: An Open-Source, Beta Action Framework for Built Environment Practices

Green Health Partnership (GHP) and Mithun

Community Resilience Benchmarks®

Alliance for National and Community Resilience (ANCR)

Developing Urban Resistance Case Studies

Urban Land Institute (ULI)

Global Building Resilience Guidelines: Guidelines for Resilient Buildings to Extreme Weather

Global Resiliency Dialogue (GRC)

Public Health Basics for Building Practitioners

U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and
Green Health Partnership (GHP)

Profiles of Resilience: LEED in Practice

U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

ULI Urban Resilience Program

Urban Land Institute (ULI) Americas

U.S. Green Building Council's Resilience Site

U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

Wildfires in the Wildland Urban Interface: Exploring Resilience in WUI Communities

Chemical Insights Research Institute (CIRI) of UL Research Institutes

Related Building Codes and Standards

ASHRAE Standard 241, Control of Infections Aerosols

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

CALGreen (California Green Building Standards Code)

California Building Standards Commission (CBSC)

FORTIFIED Home Program for Hurricanes, High-Winds and Hail

Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS)

LEED Climate Resilience Screening Tool for LEED v4 Projects

U.S. Green Building Council (USBGC)

ICC 700 National Green Building Standard®

National Home Builders Association (NHBA) and International Code Council (ICC)

Wildfire Prepared Home

Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS)

Tools for Health Professionals

This section contains resources to help public health professionals integrate both climate- and human health-related considerations into their work.

The Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) Framework

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Climate and Health: A Guide for Cross-Sector Collaboration

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Environmental Health

Tools for Consumers and General Audiences

This section contains a variety of resources for general audiences, including film, online courses, fact sheets, guides, and climate data toolkits. It also features a handful of resources to help home and business owners prepare for natural disasters.

Billion Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Information

Elemental: Reimagine Wildfire

Journeyman Pictures

FLASH Home Buyer’s and Homeowner’s Guides for Preparing a Residence for Natural Disasters

Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)

IBHS Disaster-Ready Guidance for Home and Business Owners

Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS)

Inspect to Protect Web Portal on Local Codes and Site-specific Hazards

Department of Homeland Securities Science and Technology Directorate, Systems Engineering and Standards Division

NIH Climate Change and Human Health Initiative

National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Reducing Wildfire Risk to People and Property

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

Strategies to Protect the Air Quality During Wildfires: Considerations for Do-It-Yourself Filtration

Chemical Insights Research Institute (CIRI) of UL Research Institutes

U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit

Department of Commerce and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Weather and Climate Toolkit (WCT)

National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

When the Dust Settles: Reducing Chemical and Particle Health Risks Following a Large-Scale Urban Fire

Chemical Insights Research Institute (CIRI) of UL Research Institutes

Related Research and Studies

This section contains a vast amount of articles, scientific publications, research reports, and research portals related to climate- and weather-related issues.

Analysis of Correlations Between Neighborhood-Level Vulnerability to Climate Change and Protective Green Building Design Strategies: A Spatial and Ecological Analysis

Adele Houghton and Carlos Castillo-Salgado

Building Codes Save: A Nationwide Study of Loss Prevention

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Elements That Contribute to Healthy Building Design

Vivian Loftness, Bert Hakkinen, Olaf Adan, and Aino Nevalainen

Enhancing Resilience in Buildings Through Energy Efficiency

The Department of Energy, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories

Greening Buildings for Healthier People

Diana Schoder and Urban Land Institute (ULI)

How Real Estate Development Can Boost Urban Health

Adele Houghton and Matthew Kiefer

Identifying Building Vulnerabilities: IBHS Research Center for Hail, Wildfire, Wind, & Wind-Driven Rain

Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS)

Multisolving at the Intersection of Health and Climate: Lessons from Success Stories

Elizabeth Sawin, Stephanie McCauley, Shanna Edberg, Grace Mwaura, and Maria Jose Gutierrez

Nature Positive and Net Zero: The Ecology of Real Estate

Moinka Henn and August Willians-Eynon

A Practice-Grounded Approach for Evaluating Health in All Policies Initiatives in the United States

Lauren Gase, Taylor Schooley, Meredith Lee, Sierra Rotakhina, John Vick, and Julia Caplan

Heat Specific Research

Ambient Temperature and Mental Health: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Rhiannon Thompson, Emma L Lawrance, Lily F Roberts, Kate Grailey, Hutan Ashrafian, Hendramoorthy Maheswaran, Mireille B Toledano, and Ara Darzi

Assessing Urban Heat-Related Adaptation Strategies Under Multiple Futures for a Major U.S. City

Guillaume Rohat, Olga Wilhelmi, Johannes Flacke, Andrew Monaghan, Jing Gao, Martin van Maarseveen, and Hy Dao

A Case-Crossover Analysis of Indoor Heat Exposure on Mortality and Hospitalizations among the Elderly in Houston, Texas

Cassandra R. O’Lenick, Amir Baniassadi, Ryan Michael, Andrew Monaghan, Jennifer Boehnert, Xiao Yu, Mary H. Hayden, Christine Wiedinmyer, Kai Zhang, Peter J. Crank, Jannik Heusinger, Paige Hoel,David J. Sailor, and Olga V. Wilhelmi

Enhancing Heat Resilience and Equity in the Wedgewood-Houston and Chestnut Hill Neighborhoods

John Vick, Kevin Augustyn, Adam Freed, Erica Weeks, and Sadhu Johnston

Extreme Weather Impact on Indoor Material Emissions: Summary Report

Chemical Insights Research Institute (CIRI) of UL Research Institutes

Estimating the Number of Excess Deaths Attributable to Heat in 297 United States Counties

Kate R. Weinberger, Daniel Harris, Keith R. Spangler, Antonella Zanobetti, and Gregory A. Wellenius

How Blackouts During Heat Waves Amplify Mortality and Morbidity Risk

Brian Stone, Jr., Carina J. Gronlund, Evan Mallen, David Hondula, Marie S. O’Neill, Mayuri Rajput, Santiago Grijalva, Kevin Lanza, Sharon Harlan, Larissa Larsen, Godfried Augenbroe, E. Scott Krayenhoff, Ashley Broadbent, and Matei Georgescu

Urban Heat and Air Pollution: A Framework for Integrating Population Vulnerability and Indoor Exposure in Health Risk Analyses

Cassandra R. O'Lenick,Olga V. Wilhelmi, Ryan Michael, Mary H. Hayden, Amir Baniassadi, Christine Wiedinmyer, Andrew J. Monaghan, Peter J. Crank, and David J. Sailor

Wildfire Specific Research

The Chemistry of Fires at the Wildland-Urban Interface

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

The Effect of Wildfires and the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) on Indoor Air Quality and Health in Residential Homes: Pilot Study Results

Chemical Insights Research Institute (CIRI) of UL Research Institutes

Examining the Impact of Firebrand Showers on Roofing Assemblies

UL's Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI)

Wildfire coming towards a housing community

Firebreak: Wildfire Resilience Strategies for Real Estate

Peter Quintanilla, Molly McCabe, Katharine Burgess, Elizabeth Foster, Melissa Kroskey, Daniel Gorham, and Robert Ogilvie

Heat Transfer from Structure Fires: Advancing the Understanding of Building-to-Building Fire Spread

UL's Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI)

Rapid Growth of the US Wildland-Urban Interface Raises Wildfire Risk

Volker C. Radeloff, David P. Helmers, H. Anu Kramer, and Susan I. Stewart

Suburban Wildfire Adaptation Roadmaps

Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS)

Wildland Fire Embers and Flames: Home Mitigations That Matter

Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS)

Wildland Urban Interface: A Look at Issues and Resolutions

U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Fire Administration