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Thursday 9th February 2023 | 2-5pm | Online

Healthy Buildings Conference 2023

Our keynote event of the year, the annual ASBP Healthy Buildings Conference returns for a 7th time, taking place online on Thursday 9th February 2023, 14:00-17:00.

As ever, we have secured a diverse line-up of speakers from leading research institutions and across the built environment and construction sectors, including our keynote speaker – biophilic design expert and author, Oliver Heath.

Join us to hear talks on biophilic and human centred design, material toxicity and fire, post occupancy evaluation and insurance of mass timber buildings, flame retardants and building products, ‘wood for health’, and more!

Speakers and Programme

14:00 Welcome to the conference

Oliver Heath

Oliver Heath Design

14:10 Keynote Speaker - Oliver Heath on Biophilia

  • An introduction to biophilia – where the subject comes from – an evolutionary design concept
  • Outlining the key patterns
  • The benefits to people – reducing stress, aiding recuperation enhancing communities:
    • the neuroscientific approach
    • The socio psychological approach
  • The business benefits – the return on investment as demonstrated by key research studies to different building typologies
  • The benefits for the wider environment and contribution to creating healthier and regenerative cities

Anna Lisa McSweeney

White Arkitekter

14:40 Velindre Cancer Centre

  • Breathable walls, challenges of hempcrete at scale. (internal comfort, ease of construction and the circular bio-sphere)
  • Internal partitions, potential alternatives to plasterboard (acoustic, fire and moisture considerations)
  • Internal finishes and biophilia – e.g timber, lime and clay plaster finishes, (how we approach infection control, cleaning requirements. ref wood for health research)
  • WLCA process for material selection, eg. flooring – Lino vs Rubber

Martha Lewis

Henning Larsen

15:00 Product Selection in the Age of Planetary Crises

  • Up front carbon
  • Difficult synergies: Global warming potential and toxic chemicals
  • Toxic chemicals, transparency & knowledge

15:20 Short break

15:35 Can Sustainability be Compatible with Fire Safety?

  • What are the risks and benefits of adding flame retardants to furniture?
  • What are the consequences of cladding buildings with combustible foam?
  • Can timber safely replace large carbon emitters like concrete and steel in large buildings?
  • What are the toxic and environmental consequences of unwanted fires?

16:05 Architecture in a Climate Emergency

  • From sustainable to regenerative design – what does this shift mean in practice today?
  • The role of practice-based research in a climate emergency – urgency versus detailed analysis
  • Building performance evaluations/post occupancy evaluations and retrospective analysis – dRMM’s experiences so far

Philip Callow

Mass Timber Risk Consulting

16:25 Mass Timber Insurance Playbook

  • Why should we build with mass timber?
  • What are the barriers to constructing mass timber buildings?
  • How can the Playbook help?

16:40 A Net-Zero Roadmap for the Timber Industry

  • Introduction to the Timber Industry Net-Zero Roadmap
  • Key emission sources identified
  • Key actions for the industry

16.55 Chair's summary

17:00 Close


ASBP member – £25.00

Member of partner organisation* – £37.50

General admittance – £50.00

All registration fees exclusive of VAT.

*Partner organisations include ACAN, AECB, Building Performance Network, BWF, CIBSE, Fit for the Future, FIS, Good Homes Alliance, natureplus, Retrofit Works, Passivhaus Trust, SuperHomes, STBA, The Green Register and Woodknowledge Wales.

Past Conferences

Healthy Buildings 2022

Healthy Buildings 2022 took place online on 24th February 2022.

We were joined by a number of speakers at the forefront of their professions, with talks on indoor air quality and healthy product research, important new health & wellbeing standards, and cutting-edge case studies.

Healthy Buildings 2021

Healthy Buildings 2021 took place online on 24th February 2021.

Our expert speakers discussed how to create spaces that are healthy and productive for users, and explored the complex relationship between external and internal air quality and transmission. With talks from Prof. Cath Noakes OBE, Geraint Davies MP and Rosamund Kissi-Debrah.

Healthy Buildings 2020

Healthy Buildings 2020 took place on Thursday 27th February 2020 at the Human Rights Action Centre in London.

Our keynote speakers were Sam Conniff Allende (Award winning social entrepreneur and author of ‘Be More Pirate’) and Mary Creagh (Labour MP for Wakefield from 2005-2019 and former Chair of the Environmental Audit Select Committee).

Healthy Buildings 2019​

Healthy Buildings 2019 took place on 28th February 2019 at London South Bank University.

The theme was ‘Plastics in Construction: Issues, Impacts and Alternatives’ with keynote speakers Emily Penn and Professor Sean Smith (Edinburgh Napier).

Healthy Buildings 2018

Healthy Buildings 2018 took place on 14th February 2018 at University College London.

Our keynote speakers were Professor Stephen Holgate (RCPCH) and Professor Anna Stec (UCLan).

Healthy Buildings 2017

Our inaugural Healthy Buildings Conference and Expo took place on 15th February 2017 at University College London.

We had a whole host of speakers including Dr Jannik Giesekam, Jerker Ligthart (Chemsec) and Dr. Caroline Thurner (IBO).

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