With most people spending an average of 94% of their time indoors, enclosed spaces have a significant influence on our quality of life. COVID-19 has elevated topics like indoor air quality and safety into mainstream discussions, but experts have studied the science of indoor elements like air quality, temperature, lighting and noise for many years.
The Healthy Spaces with Trane Technologies podcast will explore the expansive world of indoor environmental quality from the inside out. The host, Rasha Hasaneen – leader of innovation and the Center for Healthy & Efficient Spaces at Trane Technologies – will talk with experts and disruptors who are challenging our indoor spaces to be better for people and better for the world. They include smart city academics, sustainability and energy efficiency experts, architectural engineers, and scientists who specialize in indoor environments. Together, they will talk about what a healthy and efficient space really is, which cutting-edge innovations are set to change the world and why these conversations are more important now than ever.
In the end, creating healthy indoor spaces has the potential for a positive impact on humans, the climate and the economy. Through this podcast, you will learn to expect more of indoor environments in all the spaces you live, work and play.
For more information, visit https://tranetechnologies.com/healthyspacespodcast and get ready to see the great indoors in a whole new light.
Healthy Workspaces for Now. And Tomorrow.
Many employers are inviting their workforce back to the office, and it’s raised a lot of questions about the safety and efficacy of the workspace. The good news is that the building industry has learned a lot since the onset of the pandemic. When that new information is combined with pre-pandemic research about the benefits of healthier buildings, companies can make science-backed decisions that improve both employee physical health and create peace of mind.
The Accelerating Evolution of Healthy Spaces
As the world opens public spaces amid a lingering global pandemic, the topic of what we breathe is increasingly important. In Season 2, host Rasha Hasaneen, explores specific indoor environments – like office buildings, schools, homes and public transit. She talks to the people who are managing these spaces to see what’s changed in the needs of tenants, as well as researchers who are raising standards to increase safety, maximize performance and build trust with occupants.
The Global Economy of Healthy Spaces
Why isn't there a single U.S. cabinet position dedicated to buildings? Buildings consume 35% of global energy, but get considerably less attention than transportation and other core infrastructure industries.
In this episode, Russ Carnahan, co-founder of Building Action Coalition, shares how his 8 years in the U.S. Congress led him to create a unified voice across organizations, representing single family homes, skyscrapers, and everything in between. The goal: to help policymakers understand the impact and needs of the built environment, and start looking at healthy spaces as a sustainable economic growth engine.
In this final episode of season 1, Russ shares how this void of representation in the industry hurts individuals, businesses and the environment. As we look to recover from a global pandemic and understand the important role the health of our indoor environments will play, the need has never been so great.
Healthy Spaces and the Changing Social Contract
Maximising shareholder value is so last century! Stakeholder capitalism is here to stay and it's changing our organizations for the better. So, why does it matter for healthy spaces?
Bill Sisson, Executive Director of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development in North America, joins us to explain how this powerful social contract that includes employees and customers is transforming business approaches to the role of indoor environments.
In this episode, Bill gives an insider’s view on how business leaders are rising to the challenge. We discuss the evolving health and wellbeing demands of society and the planet, and why addressing core social and environmental issues is ultimately good for business too.
A Symphony without a Conductor
How would a symphony sound without a conductor? Uncoordinated, out of rhythm... you wouldn't pay to listen to them! So why do people still invest in buildings that are so unharmonious?
In this episode, we unpack how buildings continue to be designed and managed as a set of independent systems, where it's impossible to make beautiful music without a serious design intervention. Plus, the wondrous possibilities of a world where buildings and indoor environmental quality are monitored with the same level of performance scrutiny as cars and planes.
Join industry expert Jim Freihaut, Associate Professor of Architectural Engineering at Penn State, and host Rasha Hasaneen as they discuss why advancing the way we look at the air around us is paramount to our health – and it all starts with how we design, build and operate buildings.
Seeing the Future through Lessons of the Past
15 years ago, Lidia Morawska from Queensland University gave a presentation on strategies to prevent the global spread of an invisible but deadly enemy - SARS. Years later, that same presentation has remained unnervingly relevant as she talks with global leaders about preventative measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. But this time she’s hopeful: if society bands together, our lessons of the past can pave the way for a better future.
Together with host Rasha Hasaneen, Lidia lays out what must change in the planning and development of indoor environments, and the essential coordination among multidisciplinary groups to make a transformational shift. And, if appointed Queen of the World for a day, she shares a recipe for what a better world could look like.