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Health, Well-being and Quality of Life

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People spend a lot of time inside buildings, therefore comfortable internal conditions in the built environment can contribute to a good quality of life. Health and wellbeing issues include; thermal comfort, internal air quality, ventilation rates, natural lighting, glare control, internal noise and humidification. 

The main principles to apply are:

  • Discharge all statutory health and safety obligations;
  • Avoid or reduce health risk factors;
  • Provide comfortable internal conditions;
  • Apply good practice in providing for the widest practical range of accessibility needs.

Guidance

Other resources

  • WELL Building Standard mapping against current regulations and standards.
  • Expecting article in ASHRAE special issue on health & wellbeing in 2019.
  • Planned BSER&T special issue on health & wellbeing in 2019.
  • Planned BSER&T special issue on overheating in July 2019.
  • Planned publication on "plants as a building service".

Policy

  • Responses to multiple consultations on overheating, air quality, and the regulatory framework for health & wellbeing (e.g. National Planning Policy Framework). This has led to direct requests to CIBSE including (but not limited to) from the Environmental Audit Committee on the subject of overheating (see closed consultations page).
  • Position paper on the treatment of air quality and overheating in Building Regulations.

 Research

  • CIBSE sponsored PhD at UCL to look at overheating design methodologies and practices.
  • Research co-funded with BRE on the effects of circadian lighting on health and wellbeing. Literature review is published on the knowledge portal. Full report of experimental findings will be published in early spring 2019.

Collaboration with others 

  • Overheating working group.
  • Air quality working group.
  • UCL MSc Health & Wellbeing group, including dissemination of thesis topics on health & wellbeing.
  • Part of peer-review group for upcoming TCPA publication series on health & wellbeing.
  • Input to ANC / AOC acoustics guidance for mitigating overheating risk.
  • Multiple collaborations with various organisations including Public Health England, UK-Internal Environment Group, UCL, University of Birmingham.