The World Green Building Council launches a new framework for health and wellbeing
13 November 2020
The “Health and Wellbeing Framework”, supported by E.ON Innovation, seeks to educate decision makers and advance the sustainable buildings movement
© World Green Building Council
The World Green Building Council has recently launched the “Health & Wellbeing Framework” – a new resource to inspire and educate decision makers as well as advance the sustainable buildings movement. As one of eight industry partners, E.ON Innovation actively contributed to the development of the trailblazing framework by taking on a role as consultant to the Advisory Committee for a period of 18 months.
A building is a complex ecosystem that has to satisfy a long list of requirements from an equally long list of stakeholders: property developers, investors, facility managers, local planning authorities and tenants, to name just a few. When it comes to energy, the requirements for buildings are significantly changing. Societal and commercial developments, such as the rising numbers of electric vehicles or electric heating systems, demand more innovative solutions for real estate assets, that not only optimise energy consumption within the building, but also maximise the use of renewable energy sources, both on-site and in local grids. The Framework consists of six principles that advance the sustainable built environment. The principles include Taking Climate Action, Protecting Health, Prioritising Comfort, Designing in Harmony with Nature, Supporting a Healthy Environment and Creating Social Value.
The principles not only cover the entire construction process and life cycle of a building, but also a wide variety of other topics, ranging from the human rights of construction workers to climate change adaptation and resilience.
Each principle of the Framework lists a number of recommendations by the World Green Building Council for both the design and for the operational phase of a new build or renovation project. This makes the paper a valuable resource for a variety of stakeholders in the real estate sector who are looking to learn about best practices and receive guidance in solving their individual challenges.
Although the Framework is titled “Health and Wellbeing” it puts a strong emphasis on the reduction of buildings’ energy consumption and the transition towards a sustainable built environment. But that is not all. Societies, businesses and governments worldwide have a historic opportunity in the coming two to three decades to reduce CO2 emissions by renovating large parts of existing buildings and raising expectations for new builds.
This presents the opportunity to think not just about the improved energy performance of our buildings, but also to consider other issues and challenges, such as:
- How can we create an indoor environment that supports our physical and mental health?
- How can our buildings support our day-to-day decision making and nudge us towards more healthy behaviours?
- How can we use our buildings to generate social value in the local community?
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