The vision of this national research center, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, is to develop a hypothesis-driven, evidence-based approached to understand the built environment microbiome. Our goal is to optimize the design and operation of buildings to promote both human health and environmental sustainability, with an emphasis on green healthcare design.
Program officer Paula Olsiewski from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is visiting the BioBE Center today. The Energy and Building Studies Laboratory (ESBL), which is the architecture arm of our Center, organized something special. Paula went through the thought exercise of being a microorganism outside, passing through the building’s ductwork, and moving into a classroom.