February Chapter Meeting (Webinar)

February 25, 2021
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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UPDATE: Due to the weather from the past week, this meeting has been rescheduled for this coming Thursday (2/25). If you have already registered for the event, you do not have to re-register. However, a new link will be sent to you. If you have not yet registered and would like to register, please email [email protected] before the end of the day on Wednesday (2/24).

This month, we have the privilege to hear from Distinguished Lecturer Stephanie Taylor, MD. This is sure to be a great presentation that will be enlightening to engineers, contractors, and building owners alike! Please see below for a description of the presentation:


Presentation Title:  Buildings are Our Best Medicine

We are currently living with tremendous uncertainty brought about by a mutated virus of the familiar Coronavirus family. Many unanswered questions about COVID-19 disease transmission, mortality rates and our own immune response have resulted in fear, confusion and a sense of helplessness in many of us. Thankfully, we have a solid foundation of scientific data from studies in microbiology, medicine and the indoor environment that can guide our management of buildings so that they are true shelters. 

Dr. Taylor will present studies on building interventions that optimize the health of human occupants and decrease the threat of microbial pathogens such as COVID-19. Communication between medical and building professionals, such as in this webinar, along with your input will help us fight back and regain our footing. Attend this webinar to learn about the power of the indoor environment to keep us safe and healthy during COVID-19 and beyond. 


Meet the Speaker:

Stephanie H. Taylor MD, M Architecture, CIC, FRSPH(UK)
ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer, Epidemic Task Force, Environmental Health Committee

Harvard Medical School InciteHealth Fellow
HMS Primary Care InciteHealth

Building4Health, Inc.
President and Founder
e-mail: [email protected]

Dr. Stephanie Taylor received her MD from Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts in 1984. For the next several decades, she practiced clinical medicine and did academic research in cellular growth mechanisms.

During her clinical work, she became increasingly concerned that the hospital building played a role in the healthcare-associated infections that many patients acquired during their in-patient treatment. Determined to gain a better understanding of the impact of the built environment on patient healing, she returned to school and obtained her Master's Degree in Architecture and Engineering. After working for several years in a healthcare design architecture firm, she founded Taylor Healthcare Consulting, Inc., in order to focus on designing, building and maintaining hospitals to better support patient healing. She quickly learned that many of the building and indoor air characteristics that affect people in hospitals also influenced the health of all people in buildings.

Her insights from clinical practice and cell biology research give her a unique perspective on the interactions of indoor air quality, human physiology and indoor microbial communities. To utilize these insights and scale the management of buildings for the benefit of occupant health, she recently founded Building4Health, Inc. Managing the built environment and indoor air with the goal of decreasing diseases from acute infections to chronic inflammation to cognitive impairment, is a very underutilized yet powerful approach to disease prevention.

Dr. Taylor has designed hospitals globally, from the United States to Papua New Guinea to Vietnam. She is also member of the Harvard Medical School Incite Health Fellowship, a program that brings together multidisciplinary teams from across the US, trains them in design thinking and entrepreneurship, and gives them the tools and resources to guide the future of medical care.

To communicate the fascinating convergence of human health, microbiology and architecture, Dr. Taylor writes monthly columns and bi-annual feature articles for Engineered Systems Magazine and publishes in other healthcare journals. She is an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer and is on the Epidemic Task Force and Environmental Health Committee. When not working elsewhere, Dr. Taylor lives in beautiful Stowe, Vermont with her husband and eight dogs. One of her favorite activities is skydiving with her son, which she finds is great practice for staying outside of her comfort zone!


$5.00 Member Ticket

$10.00 Non-Member Ticket