"Healthy Buildings: How Indoor Spaces Can Make You Sick -- or Keep You Well"
Now appearing in a revised and updated edition, this book has been tagged by The New York Times as "a call to action for every developer, building owner, shareholder, chief executive, manager, teacher, worker, and parent to start demanding healthy buildings with cleaner indoor air."
Our guest on ST Medical Monday is Joseph G. Allen, the Director of Harvard's Healthy Buildings Program and an Associate Professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Allen is a noted forensic investigator of so-called "sick buildings" -- and his landmark book, "Healthy Buildings" (which he cowrote with John D. Macomber), has recently been updated and reissued in a new, post-COVID edition. It's a book about which Fortune Magazine wrote: "This exposé of the widespread under-ventilation and pollution inside modern buildings arrived just as shared indoor space became truly deadly. Though there's now light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel, [this book's] insights and guidelines for improving indoor air quality should play a huge role in post-pandemic reforms."