APPG for Healthy Homes & Buildings White Paper published: highlighting ‘the need for a holistic approach to building design and renovation’

publication coverThe All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Healthy Homes & Buildings has launched its White Paper: ‘Laying the Foundations for Healthy Homes & Buildings’, which highlights ‘the need for a holistic approach to building design and renovation’.

The APPG for Healthy Homes & Buildings writes:

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Healthy Homes & Buildings has launched its white paper: Laying the Foundations for Healthy Homes & Buildings. It highlights the need for a holistic approach to building design and renovation as one of the predominant and most urgent actions required by Government.

Jim Shannon MP Chairman of the APPG for Healthy Homes and Buildings said: ‘Our White Paper makes it clear that healthy homes and buildings would contribute to:

  • Lower costs to the NHS and a healthier population;
  • Better educational attainment and workplace productivity;
  • Reduced emissions, lower energy bills and a lower carbon footprint;
  • Improved health, wellbeing and comfort;
  • Greater life chances, independent living and care’

He said: ’We are calling for Government to provide a public health focus that considers the indoor environment as much as the external environment, consistent with the fact that most people spend 90% of their time indoors. We heard compelling evidence from respondents to our Green Paper about the health problems caused as a result of poor-quality housing including poor indoor air quality, noise pollution, damp, cold, inefficient, poorly lit, inaccessible and cramped living conditions.’

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