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Institute For Health

in the Built Environment

The Institute for Health in the Built Environment at the University of Oregon is passionate about combining research and design in order to create a healthier built environment and population. Click here to find out more about us.

 

We enjoy working together with industry to apply research findings into co-developed design solutions that make real impact in the world. If you’d like to be involved and learn more about our research, join our consortium!

IHBE’s Healthy Building Ideas Showcased on NPR

IHBE’s Healthy Building Ideas Showcased on NPR

Check out NPR’s interview with our director, Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg, and other leading experts on building healthy office spaces for future pandemics or flu seasons. Van Den Wymelenberg highlights how creative ventilation systems are key to minimizing viral...

Testing Buildings Might be the Key to COVID-19 Prevention

Testing Buildings Might be the Key to COVID-19 Prevention

What if we could change the spread of COVID-19 by studying building design? What if we could test buildings instead of people for the virus? The University of Oregon’s Institute for Health in the Built Environment, partnered with the Biology and the Built Environment...

Reclaiming the future of the working world and the economy, starts with tackling COVID-19. Buildings make up the engine of the economy and testing them for what we cannot see with the naked eye allows us to collect more information to better prepare, adapt and learn about how to continue living and working in our built environments. While rates continue to rise in some areas, this creates crucial need for testing the environments of buildings. This allows for safer stability in reopening, as well as a future of combating viruses beyond the medical environment by testing exhaust air in our workplaces, schools, senior living facilities and other community spaces in which we gather. Check out BioBE for more information.