Built Environments

The built environment includes the human-made, physical characteristics that provide the setting for human activities – where people live, work, learn and play. Healthy built environments are the product of good planning practices. Whether rural, urban, or suburban communities, healthy built environments are places that are designed to support good health for all.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this event! If you missed it, you can also access a recorded version of the webinar, and download a copy of the accompanying resource.


Feb 21 2019 - 9:00am to Feb 22 2019 - 9:45am

We know that every development creates a place but what is seldom asked is whether or not that development has a positive, neutral or negative impact on the social, physical and cultural well-being of that community.  The presentation will briefly summarise the relationship between place development, empowerment, well-being and inequalities before introducing the Place Standard Tool. This tool is a flexible product that translates these complex public health and place making relationships into a simple tool that supports communities, organ

This tool kit is intended for use in rural communities. Municipalities, including planners, health authority staff, and elected officials are the intended audience, although the tool kit will also help other interested community members advocate for healthier communities and populations. Overall, this tool kit is meant for those interested in how the built environment and local development impacts health.

Image of the four presenters of the Healthy Built Environment Linkages Toolkit Webinar
Aug 21 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Join our partners from the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control and the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health on Tuesday, August 21 for this 90-minute webinar that explores new research into the role of the built environment in community health.

The Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation works to improve understanding of issues and opportunities that are of common interest to rural residents across Canada. Their members include rural leaders, rural organizations, development practitioners, government policy makers, researchers, students, and other stakeholders both in Canada and internationally.

Victoria Barr, PlanH program manager, discusses the co-benefits of a healthy built environment on social well-being and economic viability in this video of the he BC Centre for Disease Control’s (BCCDC) Grand Rounds on April 4th 2017.

This report: Building Change - Towards Sustainable Communities in BC - provides an overview of the state of sustainable built environments in BC using the work by the Real Estate Foundation of BC (REFBC) as a research focus.

In 2015, the Real Estate Foundation of BC (REFBC) partnered with MODUS Planning, Design and Engagement to measure progress in BC towards a sustainable built environment, and to gauge what work still needs to be done.

Key questions explored in this report are:


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