Healthy Buildings: The Role of Products

Date:    Time: 13:45 - 17:30   Location:

This seminar is aimed at clients, policy makers, architects, contractors, surveyors and manufacturers who are interested in the delivery of healthy buildings.

Costs: £50 plus vat for members of ASBP, GHA, STBA, UKIEG, AECB and UKGBC; otherwise £100. Bookings in advance to please.

Guest speaker: Sentinel Haus, Freiburg, Germany

Two decades of indoor air quality research in Germany has led to the development of the Sentinel Haus Institut in Freiburg. This is a great resource for information on products with a certification system for Healthy Homes.

The Sentinel Haus Institut helps to protect buildings from unwanted contaminants or structural damages. The word “sentinel” derives from Middle English, meaning “guard”. Just as a structural engineer guarantees that the house does not collapse, SHI stands for the innocuousness of indoor air. We train all protagonists of the construction process and bring you in contact with certified partners with respect to healthy housing. The Sentinel standard enables optimal indoor air quality with contractually stipulated security for your health. Sentinel Haus Institut supports you to create healthier buildings, whether that may be kindergartens, schools, hotels, retirement homes, work centres or your own private home.


13.45 Registration

14.00 Chair’s introduction: Gary Newman, ASBP

14.05 Dr Marcella Ucci, chair of UKIEG and Lecturer in Environmental and Healthy Buildings, UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering

An introduction to the work of UKIEG and a challenge to industry and government to grow the evidence base.

14.20 Volker Gutzeit, Head technical product management, Sentinel Haus

An overview of recent European research and the development of the Sentinel Haus label.

A comparison of building labels such as LEED, BREAM and DGNB 

Product labelling such as natureplus, eurofins,

14.40 Chris Pottage, Sustainable and Healthy Buildings Officer, Skanska UK

Developing and applying the framework of metrics proposed by the WGBC last year; lessons learned, the way our thinking has evolved throughout the year, challenges

Case study:  Neelands House office, Bentley, South Yorkshire

Post occupancy evaluation of this BREEAM Outstanding, Skanska Deep Green, 1,800m2 open plan office facility, occupied since December 2014 by 110 occupants.

15.00 Derrick Crump, Cranfield University

Harmonisation of testing and labelling of construction products in the EU according to the emission of ‘dangerous substances’ to indoor air.

A draft EN test method has now been prepared and the Commission is mandating work to agree harmonised LCI values to be used for classifying products performance with respect to emissions to indoor air.

15.20 Neil May, STBA, UCL Energy Institute and NBT

An overview of moisture risk in buildings and the development of a new approach in standards, regulations and guidance in response to multiple failures; the consequences of this for building products and systems developers. 

15.40 Discussion and debate

16.00 Break

16.15 Hannah Maiden, Keim Mineral Paints

What are the common VOCs and their health effects? How can zero VOC paints and finishes and the development of photocatylitic paints assist.

16.30 Jon Fovargue, Eurban

Case study: Cranleigh Medical Centre, awarded Healthcare project of the year 2013

The building has been described as having ‘a sense of peace and calm’ which ’feels like a working piece of art’


The architects perspective on delivering healthy buildings. What have they learnt from Post Occupancy Evaluations studies on their offices?

17.00 Mark Lumley, Associate Director, Architype

Monitoring of 5 primary schools delivered by Architype in Wolverhampton; three of them Passivhaus certified and all of them from a pallet of natural materials. Data collected on CO2 levels, temperature and humidity in a number of classrooms in each school.

17.15 Tom Cox, R&D Manager, Saint Gobain

The Multi-Comfort building concept is designed to deliver comfort for everyone – in any type of building. Reduced energy usage and lower ongoing operational and maintenance costs mean you can actually save money, while enjoying all the additional long-term benefits of a future-proofed, sustainable building that gives you improved comfort, health and wellbeing

17.30 Close and networking drinks until 18.30

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