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Is Your Building Healthy and Why You’re Dying to Find Out

 Show Description

Do you know what makes a building healthy or sick? Do you know the costs associated with both? Do you even know what a healthy building is?

In this show, we answer these and other questions as we talk with two of the most respected experts in the industry, SIMON TURNER, CEO and Managing Director of the Western Region of Healthy Buildings and CAROLYN RICKARD-BRIDEAU, partner and office president of “Little”, an expanded services and architectural firm.

It was during a prior show with David Pogue in which we were discussing advances in building sustainability that I first learned of the concept how measuring the healthiness of a building was part of the sustainability movement.  To listen to the Hot Topics in Sustainability, click here. While it seems obvious to me now, if we work in a healthier environment, we necessarily, over time, will be more productive.

For those who think about how to make buildings perform better, it’s not just about electricity and water usage.  It’s also about how we as humans interact with our environment and in particular those buildings that we spend much of our day in.

Simon, Carolyn and I explore:

  • The relationship between healthy buildings and sustainability;
  • The financial benefits to landlords and tenants as well as their employees;
  • Emerging standards that will help measure the healthiness of a building;
  • How lighting can improve our functionality

While Simon and his firm focus primarily on the physical components and equipment that help make a building healthy or not, Carolyn takes a holistic approach to the interaction of people with their work environment. Carolyn asserts that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to help your employees be happy, healthier and more productive. Little things such as giving Fitbits to all of your employees and having standing desks can measurably improve performance.

You will have to listen to this show to get the most out of it. The only thing else that I can say is that after the show, I decided to change the way that I work, add more fresh air and direct sunlight in the hope to work and think better.


Simon Turner LinkedIn | @TwitterHandle
CEO & Managing Director of the Western Region of Healthy Buildings Simon Turner

Mr. Simon Turner is CEO and Managing Director of Western Region for Healthy Buildings International, Inc. (Healthy Buildings). His company is devoted to consulting with commercial building developers, owners and managers in the fields of sustainability, indoor air quality, energy and water conservation. Building types include commercial office, hospitals and many other institutional and governmental buildings.

With a degree in applied biology from the United Kingdom, Mr. Turner conducted extensive air quality research in South Africa before joining Healthy Buildings in 1987. His career at Healthy Buildings has included indoor air quality (IAQ) method development (including the basis of the IAQ testing method used by the US Green Building Council in LEED programs), marketing, and project manage- ment of many of HBI’s research and consulting projects. Mr. Turner established the Healthy Buildings Western Regional office in California in 1994. He has been the IAQ manager of numerous design teams for new buildings in the US. He oversees IAQ and related sustainability programs in hundreds of the largest and most prestigious buildings in the United States.

Mr. Turner is a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE) and the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA). Turner was named BOMA Orange County Professional Member of the Year in 2006, was recipient of the BOMA Orange County President’s Award in 2011, Allied Member of the Year in 2013, and the Nellie Carlen President’s Award in 2014. He is on the Advisory Boards of the USGBC Northern California Building Health Initiative and the International Well Building Institute’s WELL AP program. He is a frequent speaker and writer on indoor environmental issues throughout the United States.

Carolyn Rickard-Brideau LinkedIn |
Senior Partner | Office President, LittleCR Side edit

Carolyn Rickard-Brideau is the Senior Partner, and leader in WELL certification for Little, an expanded services commercial architecture and engineering firm. Carol is the Office President for the Washington, DC office of Little, an expanded services architecture & engineering firm.

For the past 32 years, Carol’s infectious curiosity has been trained on the relationship between architecture, neuroscience and salutogenic design. She leads firm-wide efforts on the effects of space and wellness, and is an exuberant advocate for how responsive design can make people happier, healthier and more effective. She is a member of the inaugural WELL AP cohort trained at the Cleveland Clinic. Her articles have been published nationally and internationally, in journals like Metropolis, Buildings, and Globe Street.com, and she is frequent guest lecturer and presenter at conferences like NeoCon, World Workplace, CoreNet Global Summits, and Architecture Exchange East,. Carol is currently on the Board of Directors for the AIA Virginia, and is a Past President of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the AIA. Carol received her Bachelor degree from The Catholic University of America, her Master of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech, is a LEED accredited professional, and a provisional WELL accredited professional.

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