Post Covid-19: The Importance of Healthy Buildings

Date: Thursday 22nd October 2020   Time: 2:00 pm - 4:15 pm   

Occupants have spent more time than ever, inside their homes, during the pandemic. It’s therefore paramount that our indoor environments are fully supportive of our health and wellbeing. What does this mean in practice?

Please join The Alliance for Sustainable Building Products, natureplus and The Green Register for a topical webinar on the importance of healthy buildings.

natureplus is an eco-label, designed to pull the market, with its HQ in Germany. It sets exacting criteria for construction products and indoor health, requiring measured results from the lab, alongside criteria on embodied carbon. Tilmann Kramolisch, General Manager at natureplus will be speaking, alongside six other leading experts.

Our keynote speaker is Professor Stephen Holgate, CBE, FMedSci, Clinical Professor at the University of Southampton and special advisor for the Royal College of Physicians. He is lead author of The Inside Story: Health Effects of indoor air quality on children and young people and has been advising SAGE.

Launched to a fanfare in January 2020 (BBC1/Channel 5), The Inside Story brings together, for the first time, all the indoor air quality research and evidence; with recommendations to various sectors, including designers. It details products and source control and the team is now re-grouping and planning its next steps.

This event is the UK entry for natureplus fortnight, with a raft of events by natureplus representatives around Europe; including Germany, Austria, Holland, Italy, Switzerland and Belgium. Please see the ASBP/natureplus websites for updates on this exciting fortnight of events.



14.00: Welcome from the event chairs: Simon Corbey, Director, ASBP and Lucy Pedler, Director, The Green Register

14.10: Dr Rachael Marsh, BMBS, MSc, MFPH Public Health Physician – Designing for Healthy Buildings: What factors do designers influence?

  • What is a healthy building? How to define and how to approach it.
  • How are we doing? Update on UK progress
  • What can I influence?
  • Looking forward, changes post COVID-19

14. 30 Tilmann Kramolisch, General Manager, natureplus – Welcome from Germany and an introduction to the European eco-label natureplus

  • Twenty years of natureplus. Who we are, where we are and how we work
  • The criteria commission and how we set criteria
  • An overview of the testing and certification process
  • How to find information on the 600 products that have achieved certification

14.50 Break

14.55 Breakout chat rooms for networking

15.05 Professor Stephen Holgate, CBE, FMedSci, Clinical Professor at the University of Southampton and special advisor for the Royal College of Physicians

  • The Inside Story – Health Effects of indoor air quality on children and young people
  • What are your recommendations to government?
  • How can designers and specifiers play their part?
  • What are the next steps? Can we integrate indoor air quality into Part F of the Building Regulations?

15.30 John Palmer, Research and Policy Director, Passivhaus Trust

  • Does Passivhaus make a healthy building?

15.45 Sani Dimitroulopoulou, Principal Environmental Public Health Scientist – Indoor Environments, Public Health England

16.00 Tim Robinson, Director, Waverton Analytics

  • Waverton Analytics provide and support IAQ Home and Commercial Survey tests in the UK and Europe. They have conducted some 8,000 tests to date.
  • How does our kit work and what is the cost? What does the monitoring tell us?
  • What is measured and why? – VOCs, CO2, formaldehyde and markers for mould

16.10 John Jones, Managing Director, PPM Technology – Measuring and monitoring indoor air quality

  • Why is it important to measure indoor air quality?
  • Our monitoring tools and methodologies

16.20 Closing remarks

16.30 Virtual networking and drinks until 17.00


  • Members of ASBP, The Green Register or natureplus – £20.00
  • Members of partner organisations* – £40.00
  • General admittance – £60.00


*Partner organisations include: AECB, Building Performance Network, BWF, CIBSE, Fit for the Future, Good Homes Alliance, Passivhaus Trust, SEDA, STBA, TRADA, Woodknowledge Wales.


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