The sustainability agenda is growing.
Policy has focused on energy efficiency and carbon reduction in the last few years, but we need to look further than this when designing sustainable buildings. Buildings should also improve comfort, health and wellbeing, not to mention reducing environmental impact.
Until recently, measuring health and wellbeing in buildings has been subjective, but research, such as the UKGBC’s ‘Health and Wellbeing in Homes’ report, shows that, given the choice, 90% of homeowners and renters of the 3,000 Saint-Gobain surveyed would want a home that doesn’t compromise their health and wellbeing. Homeowners too are beginning to see that there should be more to a comfortable home than low energy bills.
There are many elements that contribute to sustainable, healthy buildings, and energy efficiency is just one of them. How many of us have been disrupted by the noise of neighbours at home? Or how many of us have needed to turn lights on inside our homes even in the daytime? It’s when we notice these sorts of things that we begin to question just how comfortable a home is.
This is why Saint-Gobain has created a whole house building standard that prioritises the health and wellbeing of occupants. MULTICOMFORT building design seeks to create buildings that keep people comfortable while minimising negative environmental impacts.
A holistic approach to building is the key to sustainable building, with no one design criteria more important than another.