The Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) has developed a set of publications based on more than 400 academic articles, dozens of case studies and expert interviews focusing on health, wellbeing and productivity in buildings.
This research takes the first step at defining, measuring, quantifying and monetising the impact of indoor air quality, thermal comfort, acoustics, controls and lighting on students, office workers and patients across Europe.
As a part of this research a series of policy recommendations have been made. In accordance with this study, if EU policy-makers wish to secure the substantial societal benefits identified in this study, they should:
1. Align climate, energy, building, and health policy threads to ensure that indoor environmental quality is fully integrated into national long-term renovation strategies;
2. Establish a “Healthy Buildings Observatory” to provide a sound evidence base and a good model on which to develop future policies;
3. Revise the cost optimality guidelines required by the EPBD such that the value of the benefits in health, well-being and performance count alongside energy cost savings when calculating minimum energy performance requirements;
4. Provide clear and specific guidance to Member States on how to address indoor environmental quality issues alongside improved energy performance within long-term renovation strategies;
5. Make public funding for building renovation, e.g. from EU structural funds, conditional on achieving improved indoor environmental quality.
It is possible to access the policy paper via this link.