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 love working with industry to make real impact in the world. If you’d like to be involved and learn more about our research, join our consortium!

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 field by testing exhaust air throughout our workplaces, schools, etc. Check out BioBE for more information.

RECENT NEWS

IHBE is awarded ARS grant to help designers better understand issues of carbon in forestry for more sustainable design planning

The institute for Health in the Built Environment is excited to be the recipient of the USDA Agriculture Research Service grant to address gaps in assessing mass timber as a sustainable building material in whole building life cycle assessments (WBLCA) beginning this...

IHBE releases blueprint to save lives and livelihoods by testing buildings for COVID-19

The University of Oregon's Institute for Health in the Built Environment and Biology and the Built Environment Center have been developing a blueprint for saving lives and livelihoods by revealing the unseen in buildings through strategic building environmental...

IHBE receives wood innovations grant to overcome market barriers to increase use of structural mass timber in healthcare environments

The IHBE is excited to be a recipient of a second US Forest Service Wood Innovation Grant to overcome market barriers to increase the use of structural mass timber in healthcare environments. Structural mass timber products, such as cross-laminated timber (CLT),...

BioBE team together with collaborators at OHSU identify SARS-CoV-2 RNA in HVAC units

Our new preprint on HVAC and SARS-CoV-2 is now up on MedRxiv and has been submitted for peer review. We identified SARS-CoV-2 RNA in the return air stream, on the 1st filter where fresh air and recirculated air mix, on the final MERV15 filter, and after the final...

IHBE receives wood innovations grant to develop an application for mass plywood panels in seismic and energy wall retrofits

The IHBE is excited to be a recipient of the US Forest Service Wood Innovation Grant to develop mass plywood panel in building retrofits. University of Oregon and Oregon State University are collaborating through TallWood Design Institute to upgrade aging, energy...

Mass Plywood Panel modular affordable housing: a proposed solution for the health of individuals, communities and forests

We are living in a time of converging crises. Rents and property values are soaring past the stagnant wages of the labor market, leaving many individuals and families unable to obtain housing and causing immense psychological and physical stress, geographic...

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