The 2017 Healthy Homes Barometer offers new evidence on how homes affect our health. The study was presented by Velux at the Healthy Homes days in Brussels. Below are some of the key numbers highlighted by the report:
- 1 1/5 times as many Europeans have poor health when living in an unhealthy building.
- Today one out of six Europeans reports living in unhealthy buildings
- Around 80 million of Europeans currently live in damp or mouldy dwellings
- Productivity is up to 15% higher if the indoor environment has adequate daylight, temperature and daylight.
- 45% of Europeans keep temperatures too low in order to save money
- 54 million Europeans suffer from energy poverty, according to an European analysis.
“Dampness is one of the main defects in buildings across Europe, primarily caused by inadequate building structures and residents’ lack of attention to sufficient ventilation,”
says Prof. Dr. Gunnar Grün, head of department for energy efficiency and indoor climate at Fraunhofer IBP.
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