Building Healthy Places Initiative

Building Healthy Places Initiative

Leveraging the power of ULI's global networks to shape projects and places in ways that improve the health of people and communities.

Around the world, communities face pressing health challenges related to the built environment. For many years, ULI and its members have been active players in discussions and projects that make the link between human health and development; we know that health is a core component of thriving communities.

The ULI Building Healthy Places Initiative will build on that work with a multifaceted program—including research and publications, convenings, and advisory activities—to leverage the power of the Institute’s global networks to shape projects and places in ways that improve the health of people and communities.

Through the two-year Building Healthy Places Initiative, which launched in July 2013, ULI is working to promote health across the globe.

 

 

Recently Released

Building for Wellness: The Business Case highlights 13 projects of varying product type and scale that were developed with health and wellness in mind and explores the business case for incorporating health into development projects. In a series of profiles, developers share their motivation for incorporating a variety of health and wellness features, how these features factored into the overall development and operations process, and how the market has responded. This report was produced in conjunction with ULI’s Center for Capital Markets and Real Estate.
 
Intersections: Health and the Built Environment explores global health trends and makes the link between those trends and what has been happening to our built environment. It looks at the relationship between how healthy we are and the way our buildings and communities function. This report was released November 6 at the ULI Fall Meeting in Chicago.

 

 

 

Ten Principles for Building Healthy Places, which distills lessons learned from the three Advisory Services panels ULI conducted in the spring of 2013, as well as insights from a workshop attended by experts from a variety of fields, sets out ten important principles that can be used to create a new approach to building healthy communities.This report was released November 6 at the ULI Fall Meeting in Chicago. 

 

 

Unlock Real Estate Value with Healthy Projects and Places

The ULI conference Building Healthy Places: Unlocking the Value was held February 20-21, 2014 in Los Angeles. Click here to access session write-ups, photos, and speaker presentations from this event!

 

 

What We Are Doing

 

Through the Building Healthy Places Initiative, ULI will focus on four main areas of impact:

Raising Awareness. Raise awareness of the connections between health and the built environment in the real estate community, and work to make sure health is a mainstream consideration.

Defining the Approach. Help to define and share information about the design elements, programming strategies, materials, and other approaches that improve health for people.

Exploring the Value Proposition. Build understanding of the market and nonmarket factors at play in building healthy places, and the value proposition of building and operating in health-promoting ways.

Advancing the State of Practice and Policy. Using the ULI membership as a lever, and in partnership with others, advance the state of policy and practice. Incorporate considerations about transportation, connectivity, and access, and encourage shifts in built-environment shaping policies.

What's New From the Building Healthy Places Initiative

Building for Wellness report explores the business case for healthy development

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Building for Wellness: the Business Case highlights 13 projects of varying product type and scale that were developed…

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News from the Building Healthy Places Initiative: Spring Meeting Programming, New Report, and More

2014 ULI Spring Meeting

News from the Building Healthy Places Initiative covering Spring Meeting programming, a new report, and more.

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Don't miss these Building Healthy Places sessions at the Spring Meeting!

Attendees of the Building Healthy Places: Unlocking the Value conference in Los Angeles meet during a roundtable discussion

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Building Healthy Places: Unlocking the Value Conference: Resources Now Available

Attendees of the ULI Building Healthy Places Conference were encouraged to use stairs instead of elevators.

On February 20-21, 2014, ULI convened its first-ever Building Healthy Places Conference. About 300 people gathered in Los…

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General Sessions at the Building Healthy Places: Unlocking the Value Conference

"The Legacy of Building Healthy Places" panelists

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Concurrent Sessions at the Building Healthy Places: Unlocking the Value Conference

Left to right: Moderator Michael Horst and discussion leaders Clare De Briere, Tony Green, Mary Borgia, and Sandra Kulli participate in the "Soft Infrastructure, Creating Healthy Programs" concurrent session.

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What Is a Healthy Place?

Healthy Places are designed, built, and programmed to support the physical, mental, and social well-being of the people who live, work, learn, and visit there.

  • Healthy Places offer healthy and affordable housing options, and a variety of safe, comfortable, and convenient transportation choices
  • Healthy Places provide access to healthy foods, the natural environment, and other amenities that allow people to reach their full potential.
  • Healthy Places are designed thoughtfully, with an eye to making the healthy choice the easy choice, and are built using health-promoting materials.
  • Healthy Places address unique community issues with innovative and sustainable solutions.

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