Addressing building energy use is the critical first step in any strategic plan for mitigating climate change. Much is understood about technologies, materials, and design techniques that can reduce energy use in buildings. However, much attention must be paid to recognizing how these approaches can enhance or damage human health and productivity as well as the environment. This point is emphasized by the contrasting knowledge base between well-known single attribute mitigation programs and more holistic, multi-attribute programs that focus on sustainability and health within the building/energy sector. A key intersection between climate change, buildings, and human health is building materials and products, and an effective testing and information transfer program is urgently needed so that building stakeholders have the information and tools they need to make good decisions during the design, construction, operation, and renovation phases of buildings.
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