This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previously live webinar event. Architects, designers, and developers who work on residential single- and multi-family projects have always considered the effect of design on the health and wellbeing of occupants. But this area of study has received new focus in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has heightened the demand on residences to serve as spaces for working, entertaining, gathering, and cooking, as well as for rest and exercise. Combined with this demand is the always present need to balance dedicated single-function spaces with flexible ones that can adapt to occupant needs over time.

This course will help specifiers and developers understand the major principles that guide the design of healthful spaces, such as biophilia, indoor air quality, infection control, indoor/outdoor balance, and versatility. The course will examine the usefulness of these principles for guiding design decisions in a post-pandemic setting, as well as discuss areas where new thinking has or will be developed.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore the connection between single- and multifamily-home design to the health and well-being of occupants within the built environment.
  • Examine design principles that impact health and well-being of occupants, including biophilic design, indoor air quality, and infection control.
  • Analyze how indoor/outdoor balance and versatility impact the design applications for healthful spaces.
  • Discuss impacts to future design practices in relation to designing for health and well-being of occupants.

Pre-requisite: None.