Integrating Health & Wellbeing into the Foundation of the Built Environment (IDCEC)

SOURCE: Mohawk Industries


Course Summary

This course discusses built environment and its impact on human health and wellbeing. With the increased awareness and rapidly growing focus on health and wellness, there is data and research that proves the impact buildings can have on human health. It is also important to understand the true meaning of overall wellbeing. Using the WELL building standard as the main catalyst, this course examines the number of ways buildings have an impact on occupant wellbeing through design, quality of space, products as well as the benefits and the types of effects it creates. It also addresses the 10 new concepts of the WELLv2 and how those patterns are incorporated into products and architectural design. Additionally, the course focuses on understanding how green building and healthy building complement each other and are important to realize true benefits of holistic sustainability.

  • Explain what constitutes to overall wellbeing of individuals and community and summarize the multiple factors associated with it.
  • Identify the relationship and impact of the built environment on health and wellbeing.
  • Describe the 10 concepts of WELLv2 and apply the pre-conditions and optimizations in each of them towards their projects.
  • Compare and explore how green buildings and healthy buildings complement each other and explain the importance of them to coexist, to include LBC, LEED and WELL.

About Ramie Vagal, Senior Manager of Sustainability, Mohawk Group

Ramie Vagal is a multi-disciplinary professional with a strong background in sustainability and architecture. At Mohawk, Ramie leads strategic sustainability initiatives that create positive impacts on a social, cultural, economic and environmental level. She has the ability to take complex, technical concepts and translate them into actionable items to meet the company’s sustainability vision and strategy.

Ramie’s background allows her to act as a catalyst within the company to engage in customer-facing platforms while also deep diving into strategic planning and implementation work. Through this, she leads a wide array of projects such as corporate sustainability strategy planning and implementation, CSR reporting (GRI), green building certifications, Living Product Challenge certification, product transparency initiatives, social impact projects, and health and wellness initiatives. Ramie believes in taking a systems-wide approach while collaborating with all functional disciplines, marketing and strategic communications. She has a deep understanding of the associated challenges and risks while implementing projects.

Ramie holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Sir JJ College of Architecture (Mumbai), and a master’s degree in architecture from Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago). Through her professional experience in India and the U.S., Ramie brings with her in-depth knowledge of architecture, engineering systems and sustainability, along with her diverse cultural background. She is a LEED and a WELL AP and is an ambassador for the Living Building Challenge. She currently serves as a member on the LEED Materials and Resources Technical Advisory Group.

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