Healthy buildings a step towards a brighter future


VELUX researchers and architects shines light on the need for healthier buildings at two of Europe’s leading building science conferences opening today.

A team of building engineers, researchers and architects are due to present 11 research papers at Healthy Buildings Europe 2017 in Lublin, Poland, and Passive Low Energy Architecture 2017 in Edinburgh, including its 2017 Healthy Homes Barometer, which last month highlighted a clear correlation between poor housing stock and ill-health in all countries across Europe.

One out of six Europeans were revealed to live in unhealthy buildings (characterized by leaking roofs, damp floors, walls or foundations). People living in unhealth buildings are more likely to suffer from asthma and other pulmonary diseases, in fact the risk can rise by 40%. The study is the third of the linkage between health and indoor living environments.

Evidence and research can qualify decisions that can be crucial for the way we design our homes, schools, hospitals and offices. That is why, we take every opportunity to share knowledge and research in leading scientific forums
says Peter Foldbjerg, Head of the Group’s research and knowledge department, Daylight, Energy and Indoor Climate

Besides the healthy homes studies, we will be presenting:

  • A new vision for healthy and human centric buildings, The Circadian House
  • An affordable, sustainable and replicable renovation concept for social housing residentials
  • School renovation learnings and best-practices leading to pupils’ improved learning and performance
  • An ActiveHouse label supporting building designs balancing the need for comfortable indoor living environments, energy efficiency and wise use of natural resources
  • Key findings from ActiveHouse demonstration buildings.


For more about the studies,

At Healthy Buildings Europe, we will be hosting a workshop under the theme “How to renovate residential buildings efficiently and affordably?”.

Learn more about our: latest research and knowledge, our social housing renovation concept, and our latest Healthy Homes Barometer.

Be part of our conversation about daylight and architecture, building the bridge from evidence to practice on Twitter @TheDaylightSite

About PLEA 2017

About the VELUX Group

For more than 80 years, the VELUX Group has created better living environments for people around the world; making the most of daylight and fresh air through the roof. Our product programme includes roof windows and modular skylights, decorative blinds, sun screening products and roller shutters, as well as installation and smart home solutions. These products help to ensure a healthy and sustainable indoor climate, for work and learning, for play and pleasure. We work globally – with sales and manufacturing operations in more than 36 countries and around 11,000 employees worldwide. The VELUX Group is owned by VKR Holding A/S, a limited company wholly owned by non-profit, charitable foundations (THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS) and family. In 2022, the VELUX Group had total revenue of EUR 2.99 billion, VKR Holding had total revenue of EUR 4.29 billion, and THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS donated EUR 181 million in charitable grants.

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