Thriving: Health and the Built Environment

Thriving: Health and the Built Environment

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Health and wellness in the built environment is a trending and important topic. We spend on average 90% of our time inside and a majority of businesses spend 90% of their costs on people. Creating a healthy, productive building is critical.

So what is a healthy building? What does designing and building a healthy environment mean?

In this groundbreaking workshop, you will go beyond the typical conversations on health in the built environment to explore how to create healthy environments for people, communities, and ecosystems. Health is complex and multi-faceted. To be truly healthy, we must address our mental, emotional, and psychological health as well as our physical health. As interconnected, social beings this means addressing not just the person, but the community and the ecosystem as well.

Through engaging presentations, inspiring case studies, and interactive exercises, participants will develop a robust understanding of how the built environment affects health at multiple levels. Participants will also learn strategies how things like healthy materials, community building, and biophilic design can be used comprehensively and in concert to create enriching environments in which our whole selves, our communities, and the natural world thrive.

This event will be held at the VanDusen Botanical Gardens.



Coffee and networking | 8:45 | 15 minutes

KEYNOTE: James Connelly, Vice President Products and Strategic Growth | 9:00 | 30 minutes

PANEL DISCUSSION: Material Health, Products and Green Chemistry | 9:30 | 60 minutes

  • Panelists:Brent Trenga, Building Technology Director, Kingspan | Jane Abernethy, Chief Sustainability Officer, Humanscale | Jason Parachnowitsch, Strategic Global Accounts, Mohawk

NETWORKING BREAK: 10:30 | 20 minutes

PANEL DISCUSSION: Health and Biophilic Design | 10:50 | 60 minutes

  • Panelists:Mona Lemoine, Senior Sustainable Design Specialist, Perkins + Will | Devon Bertram, Sustainability Strategy, Stok

STRETCH BREAK: 11:50 | 5 minutes

PANEL DISCUSSION: Human Health, Well Being and Equity at the Community Scale 12:00 | 60 minutes

  • Panelists:Jessica Hale Woolliams, Sustainability + Outreach Lead, BC Public Service | Candace Koo, Affordable Housing Consultant, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

CLOSING REMARKS: James Connelly, ILFI | 12:55 | 5 minutes

TOUR: Optional tour of Van Dusen Botanical Gardens; tickets come with 1 free pass to the gardens




  1. Learn how the human health movement connects to broader ecosystem health
  2. Acquire the knowledge to advocate for manufacturing and product selection that boosts human and environmental health
  3. Learn how building design, including biophilic design, can influence and support human health and productivity
  4. Investigate the different scales of design—personal, community, and ecosystem, and identify opportunities for leveraging them to contribute to a healthy, thriving environment



This event has been pre-approved for the following continuing education credits:

  • LFAhours
  • 4 AIA LU|HSW credits