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Building health is something which may be part of the role of designers, architects, planners, builders and others involved in the construction of properties, whether commercial or residential.
Whilst different people may have different specific roles, there are some common themes which run through the daily activities of most professionals involved in the design and construction of healthy buildings, including:
In some cases those involved in building health may also be called upon to retrofit or redesign elements of existing buildings to make them more user-friendly.
Building health is a relatively new area of work and those who end up in this field often do so having built up knowledge and experience in building design and construction more generally.
For example, some people start by taking an apprenticeship in a trade or start out as a general labourer on a building site without a clear vision of where they want to end up. As they get exposure to building work, they get to meet other professionals and learn things here and there from them. Then, with growing experience they may be given a foreman's role supervising workers and planning building construction schedules. From here they become interested in how they can make buildings more healthy, and so a new pathway is forged.
Other people might gravitate towards this field of work from related professions e.g. landscaping, or because they become concerned about the environment and wish to be involved in doing things which improve the health of people and the planet. Whatever the reason, you can boost your chances of working in this area by:
In order to progress a career, you will need to keep learning. There are many different theoretical approaches to building health and it is worth being well informed about all of them.
Other things you can do include:
Also, don't be afraid to diversify - building design, construction and attitudes towards public health are continuously evolving; you should be too.
Building Environment and Health