Construction for Health: Reversing the Impacts

Shore Shahnoori (Corresponding author), Masi Mohammadi

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The health of humans and the planet are the most vital contemporary issues and essential components of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Scientists and professionals strive for integrated, evolving, healthy, and sustainable solutions encompassing biodiversity and industrial ecology, while offering viable economic attainments. The building industry, especially construction, is an extensive economic counterpart that largely influences health on various levels. On a practical scale, most direct or indirect impacts on health are related to conventional construction systems (CCSs), particularly their materialisations and implementation methods. Therefore, from a global perspective, emerging technologies or remodelled methods to accomplish sustainable use, reuse, and recycling, and improving the planet’s health to ensure the wellbeing of its inhabitants, are crucial. The current research is part of a broader study on “programmable construction systems” (PCSs), concentrating on “programmable construction materials” (PCMs) for health. Therefore, issues are reviewed, relevancies are addressed, and health-oriented concepts are discussed. Example concepts of formulation and the simplified toolkit creations follow the problems’ sources in a case study, providing insight into the resulting multiscale impacts on real-life practices. The results prove the method’s potential and validate its simplicity and applicability through an abstract examination of a newly built case study. Finally, the summarised outcomes of other extensive studies on societal preferences also confirm the feasibility of the hypothesis (i.e., the healthy materialisation) also from a social perspective.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1133
Number of pages32
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2022


  • healthy circular construction
  • healthy renewable resources
  • planet inhabitants’ wellbeing
  • programmable sustainable materialisations
  • timber construction technologies


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  • Bedrijfsopdr. Coffr Holding

    Mohammadi, M. (Project Manager) & Shahnoori, S. (Project member)


    Project: Research direct

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