Promote healthier environments. Developed by Parsons’ Healthy Materials Lab, this program serves professionals working in the field and students in Parsons degree programs. Courses offer practical information on designing interiors that preserve health through carefully selected material components. Students learn to identify hazardous substances frequently used in buildings and compare options, explain the importance of designing with nontoxic materials, and specify materials according to established criteria.
The four courses cover information required in the design of more healthful interiors. Learning benefits and outcomes include the ability to compare products and materials used in the built environment; explain the importance of designing with non-toxic
materials; evaluate products and materials, identifying hazards and comparing suitable options; set criteria; analyze product information; and specify materials.
This course explores the impact that building materials can have on human health, demonstrating the systemic intricacies that will challenge students to keep asking questions while offering suggestions for addressing these issues in their work.
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of chemistry, enabling them to understand why particular outcomes and health impacts are produced. It introduces students to chemicals of concern and more healthful alternatives that are being formulated
by green chemists. It asks how project health goals can be outlined and informed decisions made on the basis of these findings.
This course helps designers navigate industry resources and certifications, find and evaluate product options, and apply resources for maximum impact. We look at methods for targeting specific issues in a project and generalized strategies that can apply
more universally, highlighting potential benefits and consequences of employing different approaches.
This course deals with the full process of creating healthier buildings, covering challenges encountered throughout design, construction, maintenance, and operation. The course is framed as a collection of lessons learned through professional experience
to help professionals become better informed so that they can make decisions with an overall awareness of the protocols for healthier design.
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