If you have visited the new Apple store in Brussels then you would have seen first-hand the striking façades coated with white clay. Natural lime and clay based plasters are an increasingly popular choice among architects and homeowners due to their aesthetic appeal and sustainable credentials - clay plaster requires just 10% of the energy input of gypsum plaster and has 10 times lower embodied CO2.
Post date: 10 Aug 2017
In the last two decades, there has been an increasing concern within the scientific community over the effects of Volatile organic compound (VOC) exposure on health. Public awareness of environmental, health and safety issues related to air quality has grown significantly. Regulations and labelling of products have been promoted by the governments, resulting in ever more stringent specifications for the industry regarding the emission of volatile compounds from materials.
Post date: 3 Aug 2017
Eco-innovative, Safe and Energy Efficient wall panels and materials for a healthier indoor environment
The ECO-SEE project aims to address an emerging health problem associated with modern low carbon buildings. Modern buildings have been developed to be very airtight, improving their energy efficiency and reducing their carbon footprint. However, these sealed environments have created unexpected side effects, with research showing that a build-up of potentially harmful chemicals in the air is potentially causing negative impacts on occupants.
Post date: 13 Jul 2017
With energy efficiency in buildings high up on the European political agenda, Brussels is certainly the place where awareness about the importance of energy performance buildings is prominent. But less people might be aware of how much indoor air quality needs to be improved. Indoor air is 2 to 5 times more polluted than outdoors, because of mould and bacteria resulting from excessive levels of humidity, and pollutants such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released by furniture, cleaning products and textiles.
Post date: 12 Jul 2017
The school was built in 2012/13 as a public private partnership. The main energy related targets were to achieve passive house standard, to use prefabricated timber facades and renewable energy sources. The building should reach high indoor environment quality and fulfil the measures set in the Norwegian “Cities of the Future” - a collaboration between the government and the 13 largest cities in Norway to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and make the cities better places to live.
Post date: 29 Jun 2017
The 7th International Building Physics Conference (IBPC 2018): “Healthy, Intelligent, and Resilient Buildings and Urban Environments”, aims to advance the collective understanding of the nature and behaviour of the cyber-physical systems in these different scales, how they interact, and what can be done to optimise their design and operation for healthy, intelligent and resilient buildings and urban environments.
Contributions are invited, but not limited to, the following topics:
Building Materials, Assemblies, and Enclosure Systems
Post date: 27 Jun 2017
Buildings account for around half of the EU’s total energy consumption. As a result, energy efficiency of buildings is a major theme in the European Commission’s Clean Energy for All Europeans package of proposals and a focus of this year’s EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), which takes place from 21-25 June.
But buildings must be more than just energy efficient of course. As we spend up to 90% of our time indoors, buildings and the environment they create also have a significant impact on our comfort, well-being and even health.
Post date: 22 Jun 2017
The REHVA Journal June issue on Indoor environmental Quality Worldwide (Guest editor Atze Boerstra) is now available online at www.rehva.eu.
05 Towards HEAnZEBs!
Post date: 13 Jun 2017
The keynote speakers for the 38th AIVC - 6th TightVent - 4th venticool conference: "Ventilating healthy low-energy buildings" have been announced.
Post date: 29 May 2017
According to a new report published by the Adaptation and Resilience in the Context of Change (ARCC) network UK homes are experiencing poor indoor air quality (IAQ) at a scale and magnitude that needs immediate national-level attention and action.
Post date: 18 May 2017