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Below are a series of reports developed by faculty in DEA on a variety of topics related to housing, child care, energy, facility planning and management, and residential and institutional environments. To order publications click on the title of the report.

Design of Long-term Care Facilities for Alzheimer's Patients
This brochure provides guidelines on physical environmental criteria for choosing a special-care unit in a residential facility for a family member with Alzheimer's disease.

Designing Child Care Settings: A Child-Centered Approach
This is a manual for use in helping child care providers design indoor and outdoor settings for infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers, and younger school-age children. Directors and staff of day care centers, Head Start centers, nursery schools, and family child care will find a tremendous amount of useful and practical information in these pages. The importance of the physical environment in influencing children's experiences is stressed. Practical exercises involve participants in setting goals for their programs, planning the use of space in a classroom or playroom to meet those goals, and evaluating the use of space. The same process used for planning indoor spaces can be applied to outdoor spaces, which should be an integral part of children’s experiences in all child care programs. This manual also contains information on designing a new center and working with an architect.

Energy Efficiency Information
This series of information sheets explain methods and techniques to make residential buildings more energy efficient. It is provided through the Consumer Education Program for Residential Energy Efficiency, a joint program between the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

The goals of this program are to increase consumer awareness on the importance of energy efficiency and educate consumers on the multiple benefits of energy efficiency and building practices that support these principles; promote specific programs that encourage the purchase and installation of energy efficient products and the incorporation of comprehensive building practices; spur consumer demand through education and incentive programs; and develop and support the midstream market infrastructure that brings these products and practices to customers.

Facility Planning and Management Notes
This is a series of fact sheets concerning the planning and management of workplace and other facilities. Facility planning and management is an interdisciplinary field drawing on several disciplines including architecture, planning, human factors engineering, management, and environmental psychology. Some of the topics covered in this series are: employer sponsored child care in the workplace, carpal tunnel syndrome, alternative workplace strategies, and carpet and indoor air quality.

Family Activities and Children’s Schoolwork
This wonderful set of activity cards will help you transform everyday activities into learning and practice opportunities for children who are already bursting with enthusiasm to learn and to contribute to their family. Your own home, the local grocery store, cars, buses and other forms of transportation are exciting places for kids to learn new skills and information, and to practice the reading, math, and problem-solving skills that they learn at school! Learning how to think and solve problems in new situations or with new materials is an ideal way to stretch your children’s imaginations and mold their self perception. These activities do not take up much time, and they involve children in daily living and household tasks. Kids will also begin to see that what they learn in school can be used outside the classroom.

Family Economics and Resource Management (FERM)
This series of fact sheets, curricula, and statistics is designed to assist educators throughout New York. These resources encourage individuals and families to adopt management behaviors which lead to more secure financial situations and affordable use of resources through education and practice.

Healthy Homes Posters
Fourteen posters in PDF format are available. Seven different indoor pollutants are covered. One poster in each area provides visual information on the pollutant, and one provides written information. 16 x 28 inch laminated copies of these posters are available for loan to Extension Professionals and other Community Educators who are conducting community education programs. Contact Mark Pierce ( for more information.

Housing Fact Sheets
This publication series focuses on the physical aspects of housing, including energy conservation, indoor air quality, safety in the home, and home maintenance and repairs.

Housing and Home Environment News
This newsletter focuses on the physical form of human shelter and its relationship with social, psychological, and economic forces. Among the issues addressed in recent years are residential indoor air quality, on-site management of residential construction waste, housing affordability, and housing for special needs groups.

The Physical Environment of a Child Care Center: What Parents Should Know
Use this brochure as a checklist to evaluate the quality of a child care center's physical environment, the building, the classroom, the outdoor area, and how it supports the program. The environment in which your child may spend up to ten hours per day is a very important place. The caregivers help make it a special place, but the physical characteristics also play a major role. The information applies to child care centers serving ages birth to five years old, and classrooms for three, four, and five year olds. Ask about volume discounts for this brochure.

Organizing your Home for Children's Activities and Activities for Parents and Children in the Home and Community
This will give you suggestions of ways to make the space in your home work better for both adults and children, and home day care providers too. Children need a place to play, do their homework, exercise their muscles, and take care of their personal needs. Some of these activities take place at school, on the playground or at the park, or in child care. But children also need space at home. Children in the home mean more activity, more noise, and more things lying around. Children have a lot of energy and move from one activity and one place to another. Children’s toys, books, and clothes also take up space and sometimes these items wind up in places where they don’t belong. A typical house or apartment is divided into a living area, cooking and eating area, hallway, sleeping area, bathroom, and basement, porch or attic. These cards will offer issues or problems you may face in each area, and then provide suggestions for how to manage them to meet your needs, and your kid’s needs.  To obtain a set contact Heidi Ingram in the DEA Main Office:

Waste Management At The Construction Site
This is a 32 page booklet, available as a downloadable PDF document by clicking on the above button. The primary objective of this publication is to assist home builders and remodelers in determining both cost-effective and environmentally sound methods for handling and getting rid of construction wastes.

Wood Waste at The Construction Site: Waste Material….or Raw Material?
Information on beneficial uses for waste wood.