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Past pandemics have spurred major advancements in how we construct buildings and design communities to keep people safe. You cannot ensure the safety of the public without improving the physical environment they inhabit.


But buildings and health go beyond the pandemic. Research shows that better indoor air quality, access to daylight, and choice of materials all improve the health and well-being of people who use buildings.


As the nation looks to the day when people can return to offices, malls, schools and houses of worship, the federal government can play a role in making buildings after by investing in research into building technologies and techniques that keep people safe.

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Policy Ideas

Reopen and Rebuild America's Schools Act (S.96))

A bill to provide for the long-term improvement of public school facilities, and for other purposes.

Healthy Workplaces Act (S.537)

To provide a tax credit for certain expenses associated with protecting employees from COVID–19.


GET THE LEAD OUT Act of 2021 (H.R. 1376)

A bill to eliminate lead-based pipe and tap hazards in housing.

Back to Work with Masks


Portman, Sinema Introduce Healthy Workplace Tax Credit

The Healthy Workplaces Tax Credit Act would create a refundable tax credit against payroll taxes for 50 percent of the costs incurred by a business for increased testing, personal protective equipment (PPE), disinfecting, extra cleaning, reconfiguring work spaces to adhere to social distancing guidelines and training and education on the on the prevention of COVID-19 transmission.

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