A healthy life starts from the places where we live


Emma Potter

The annual pace of renovation is 0.3%

“We spend on average the 90% of our time indoorstherefore ensuring citizens' accessibility to buildings that promote their physical and mental health should be a priority on the political agenda – he has declared Lorenzo Di FrancescoPublic Affairs Manager VELUX ItalyWith the Healthy Buildings Barometer we would like to inspire, also in Italy, virtuous decision-making processes for the benefit of a new integrated model of design and redevelopment of the main public and private building typologies, where energy efficiency, economic sustainability, health and living well-being of the people are considered together occupants.”

The cost of the redevelopment of the entire inefficient real estate of the European Union could be recovered in just 2 years, and could save 194 billion euros in equivalent social goods (such as fewer sick days, greater productivity in the workplace, greater performance in schools , etc.). Without forgetting that it would allow us to meet the objectives set by the European Climate Law: for example, looking at Italy, the most recent Eurostat data tell us that the annual renovation rate is 0.3% compared to 3% required to achieve climate neutrality objectives by 2050.

Living Places Copenhagen: a virtuous example

It is clear that the situation is not the best possible and that there is really a lot to do, but models already exist virtuous examples. For example, the project Living Places Copenhagendeveloped by the VELUX Group, and by EFFEKT architects, recent winner of the MIPIM Award 2024 in the “Best Residential Project” category, has demonstrated how it is already possible to build buildings with very low CO emissions2.

Educate citizens, build and renovate respecting existing regulationsapply policies that have a also long-term visionwould guarantee not only a sensitive improvement of housing conditions of European citizens, but also a greater psychophysical well-being.

The Healthy Buildings Barometer is based on an analysis that presents the main results of a survey on the habits and attitudes of European citizens towards living comfort, energy consumption and environmental impact. It was conducted on a sample in several European countries, constructed to offer a realistic photograph in terms of variety of dimensions and geographical position. The full study is available at link.

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