Building 4 People: Discovering the Impact of Better Buildings

November 26, 2018

There is ample evidence to show that buildings impact our health, wellbeing and productivity. We need to reshape how we think about designing, operating, renovating and investing in buildings. The broad alignment of environmental and health agendas presents an opportunity to invest in enhancing the quality of life of all Europeans, alongside improving building performance.

Across Europe, 90 million children and young people spend their weekdays in schools, colleges and universities. More than one in three of the working population are office-based. And every year, 90 million patients spend more than a week on average in hospitals. Yet the impact of the indoor environment on people’s health, well-being and performance is not well understood or adequately addressed in EU policy.

The link between better buildings and healthier people is obvious in many cases, but this value is mostly ignored in political or business decisions. Effective valorisation tools could change this for the better.” Oliver Rapf, Executive Director, BPIE

“This is an opportunity for a broader group of stakeholders, including the HR community, health insurers, national health services, impact investors, and technology companies to call for people-centric buildings that bring benefits to all Europeans.” Rodolphe Nicolle, Executive Director, Buildings 2030

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On behalf of Buildings 2030, BPIE undertook extensive research into both published and unpublished studies which quantified one or more benefits from building renovations that improved the indoor environment in offices, schools or hospitals. The study was funded by the European Climate Foundation, E.ON, Renovate Europe, Rockwool, Saint-Gobain, Signify, and Velux. 


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