Health, Wellbeing and Productivity: An Integrated Approach to Providing Quality Indoor Environments

People living in developed countries spend typically 90% or more of their time indoors and more susceptible individuals, such as the elderly, infants and those with pre-existing medical conditions, may spend almost all of their time indoors.

28 February 2019 - BRE, Watford

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People living in developed countries spend typically 90% or more of their time indoors and more susceptible individuals, such as the elderly, infants and those with pre-existing medical conditions, may spend almost all of their time indoors. Poor housing conditions have been demonstrated to have adverse effects on occupants’ health and wellbeing with associated large-scale health costs. In the education and health care sectors, the quality of the indoor environment has been shown to affect the educational performance of students and the recovery rates of patients, respectively. In commercial environments, typically up to 90% of the operational costs to an organisation are associated with the staff, with the remaining 10% covering building rental and energy expenditure. The provision of good quality indoor environments in buildings is, therefore, essential for the health, comfort, wellbeing and also the productivity of the occupants.

Major building owners and specifiers are now increasingly demanding high‑performance office buildings, recognising that those with high quality indoor environments can command higher rental incomes from improving staff health, wellbeing and productivity. However, though the benefits of healthier buildings are increasingly being recognised in this sector, there is still a general lack of understanding and knowledge of the issues involved and hence little guidance on how to achieve such healthy buildings across the whole of the built environment.

The conference will concentrate on ways of providing and maintaining quality indoor environments in both domestic and non-domestic buildings. It will focus primarily on the key factors - such as air quality, ventilation, lighting, and environmental noise - that must be considered in an integrated manner in order to provide good quality indoor environments. Leading speakers from BRE, industry and regulatory authorities will provide the latest information along with their views and experiences, and case study examples.

Programme :

08:45    Registration and refreshments  
09:30 Welcome and Introduction Chris Earnshaw, OBE, Chairman of BRE Group
  Session 1: Setting the scene Chair: Ashley Bateson, Head of Sustainability, Hoare Lea
09:45 Keynote address: A holistic approach to delivering quality indoor environments: A viewpoint from the construction industry

Alan Fogarty, Sustainability Partner, Cundall

10:10 Challenges faced by building architects in achieving quality indoor environments Lynne Sullivan, OBE, Chair of the Good Homes Alliance

A holistic view of the health and wellbeing benefits from providing quality indoor environments: Public Health Perspective

Dr Sani Dimitroulopoulou, Principal Environmental Public Health Scientist – Indoor Environments, PHE

11:00 Refreshments  
  Session 2: Research and development Chair: Paul Monks, Pro-Vice Chancellor & Head of College Science & Engineering, University of Leicester
11:35 Quality indoor air in urban buildings Andy Dengel, Director of Environment, BRE
11:55 The role of airtightness and ventilation in the overheating of homes Michael Swainson, Principal Consultant, HVAC, BRE
12:15 Delivering acceptable noise levels in indoor environments

Gary Timmins, Head of Acoustics, BRE

12:35 Lighting for circadian rhythms Paul Littlefair, Head of Lighting, BRE
13:00 Lunch  
  Session 3: Application and Case Studies Chair: Dan Byles, Vice-President & Head of Corporate Planning, Living PlanIT
14:15 Case Study 1: Early stage design considerations to achieve optimised indoor environments Ben Richardson, Associate Engineer, Buro Happold 
14:35 Case Study 2: Embracing the physiological and psychological benefits of timber in building design Rob Partridge, Design Director, AKT II Design
14:55 Case Study 3: How can human-centered design be used to promote health and wellbeing Marylis Ramos, Director of Sustainability and Research, PRP Architects
15:15 Final questions and concluding remarks   
15:30 Refreshments and BRE Site Tour (optional)  
16:30 Event close  

Intended audience :

Construction sector (clients, developers, architects, planners, building services engineers, facilities managers, building owners, occupiers, managers).

Regulatory authorities (PHE, DH, Defra, local authorities – environmental health, building control, planners)

Academia (Universities, educational establishments)

For more information:
Gemma Speck
01923 66 4408

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