Inspired by a growing body of evidence that healthy buildings can have a positive effect on both human health and real estate performance, this report highlights the key certification standards in use in the marketplace, explores recent research on the impact of health-promoting design, and offers profiles of five projects that have been early adopters of healthy building and workplace design and management practices.
Post date: 9 Ago 2018
A revised EU directive to fight energy poverty and pulmonary diseases due to unhealthy buildings should be approved this month
Home sweet home. Houses are supposed to be our nest, a shelter from the world outside. But how healthy are European homes?
Nowadays most of our time is spent indoors, often at home, one reason being the current shift to “desk jobs”. It follows that the environment of the buildings we live, work and play in has a major health impact.
Post date: 9 Apr 2018
The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimated that each year 4.3 million people die of exposure to household pollutants. Buildings with a safe indoor environment can reduce healthcare costs
Post date: 9 Apr 2018
When people think about pollution, what often comes to mind is the poor air quality in urban areas. While breathing in polluted air outdoors can have adverse effects on our health, the air that we breathe indoors can also impact our health. In fact, recent studies have shown that some harmful air pollutants can exist in higher concentrations in indoor spaces than outdoors.
Post date: 22 Set 2017
The organic pollution decomposing properties of titanium dioxide (TiO2) have been known for about half a century. However, practical applications have been few and hard to develop, but now a Greek paint producer claims to have found a solution
Post date: 17 Set 2017
A start-up company called Green City Solutions has developed 4m high vertical plant walls with moss, called CityTrees. These moss installations feed on dirty air; they filter CO2, NOx and dust pollution and convert them to their own biomass. The company aims to tackle one of the biggest problems for people living in cities worldwide – air pollution. Every CityTree reduces local air pollution in a proximity until 50m by up to one third.
Post date: 8 Ago 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 Lug 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 Lug 2017
“Energy Efficient Ventilated Façades for Optimal Adaptability and Heat Exchange enabling low energy architectural concepts for the refurbishment of existing buildings.”
Post date: 3 Lug 2017
On November 30, 2016, the European Commission (EC) released important pieces of proposed legislative amendments in the form of the “Clean Energy for All Europeans” package. It covers energy efficiency, renewable energy, the electricity market regulations as well as consumers and governance rules for the Energy Union. The proposed changes refer, inter alia, to the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) and the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED).
Post date: 26 Giu 2017