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Health and wellbeing in homes

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This report, released by the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC), focuses on the mental, social and physical health and wellbeing of home occupants in the UK. It is intended for build environment professionals (developers, designers, constructors, managers etc.). The authors aim to gather and distil the most compelling evidence and advice about building and neighbourhood design features which can enhance the health and wellbeing of residents. The document also explores the ‘value’ case for action, through a combination of a literature review, dialogue with housing providers and dedicated consumer research, and demonstrates that there is a compelling business case for the industry to focus on health and wellbeing in residential property.

 

According to the report, a single design feature, such as good daylight levels, good ventilation or the provision of open space, can have a simultaneous positive impact on mental wellbeing and physical health: therefore, these need to be considered early in the design process. Furthermore, many of the design features which enhance health and wellbeing also bring positive environmental benefits e.g. better daylighting can also reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions. However, possible tensions should be stressed– such as balancing the need for more energy efficient homes with the need for improved air quality through adequate ventilation and air filtration.

 

For further information please visit the UKGBC website.