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Healthy Buildings, Healthy People

Date: 11 February 2015 Time: 17.30 - 20.00
Location: Central House, University College London, London, WC1H 0NN Cost: Free to attend, booking essential

With much emphasis on energy efficiency, the performance gap and now the circular economy, it is essential that health and wellbeing remain at the centre of the push for improved resource efficiency, across the built environment. With staff costs amounting to 90% of most businesses operating costs; and because we spend so much time indoors, it is essential that the industry delivers healthy buildings.

The WGBC report Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices, presents overwhelming evidence that office design significantly impacts the health, wellbeing and productivity of staff. Canada have introduced HEPD, which includes indoor air quality data for products, alongside the information in an Environmental Product Declaration and we will debate if this approach could be considered here.

Over the next 2 years, the EU is developing a framework with 9 core indicators, to assess the environmental performance of buildings.  This area is covered as indoor comfort, so this will need defining and appropriate matrices developed. ASBP will be taking an active part in this process.

Programme:

17.30

Registration

18.00

Marcella Ucci, UKIEG Chair and UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering

Marcella will introduce the UK Indoor Environments Group (UKIEG) and then present the preliminary results of the ‘Active Buildings’ research project, carried out by researchers in Epidemiology & Public Health and Built Environment specialists at University College London (UCL). The study is funded by the National Institute of Health Research's School for Public Health Research (NIHR SPHR), and aims to examine the possible relationships between different features of the office environment and office workers’ step count, sitting time and movement through the workplace. Physical activity levels in the British public are worryingly low and time spent sitting high. At least half of all people in the UK have desk-based office jobs, thus the workplace could hold a 'captive audience' for promotion of activity and breaks in sitting time.

18.20

James Drinkwater, WGBC/ Chris Pottage, Skanska UK

Chris and James will introduce their work as part of the team behind the WGBC report Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices, which presents overwhelming evidence that office design significantly impacts the health, wellbeing and productivity of staff.  The report finds that a range of factors – from air quality and lighting, to views of nature and interior layout – can affect the health, satisfaction and job performance of office workers.

18.40

Gary Newman, Executive Chair, ASBP

Gary will update us on his work with the Criteria Commission for natureplus, the eco-label for construction products. We will also seek feedback on the launch of the new natureplus database, which offers free access to independently tested product information such as VOCs, alongside LCA data. Canada have introduced HEPD, which includes indoor air quality data for products, alongside the information in an EPD and we will discuss if this approach might work here.

19.00

Discussion

19.20

Networking, refreshments kindly provided by UCL

Speaker Biographies:

Speaker bios

Booking

Bookings in advance please to Richard Broad: 

richard@asbp.org.uk  020 7704 3501

 

Further Information:

 Healthy Buildings, Healthy People


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