Wednesday 24th February 2021 | Online

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Healthy Buildings Conference 2021

We need a paradigm shift in how we characterise a good performing building, focusing on the need to put human health at the heart of metrics rather than as an after-thought? Measure people, not just the building!

The ASBP Healthy Buildings Conference returns for a 5th year, taking place online on 24th February (10:00-12:45) with a number of inspirational speakers and technical sessions.

Plus, the finals of the ASBP Innovation Pitch Series (24th Feb, 15:00-16:30) and ASBP Awards 2021 (25th Feb, 15:00-16:30). 


Wednesday 24th February 2021

Session 1: 10:00-11:15

Keynote speaker - Catherine Noakes OBE

Professor of Environmental Engineering for Buildings, University of Leeds

Throughout the pandemic, Professor Noakes has convened and chaired the Environment and Modelling Group (EMG), a cross-disciplinary SAGE sub group comprising engineers, architects, clinicians, modellers, microbiologists, behavioural scientists and public health specialists. It has provided advice across government on: the understanding of the physical mechanisms for COVID-19 spread; the survival of the virus in the built environment; and how to assess the risks of exposure in the built environment, as well as suggesting mitigation strategies to keep workers safe. Catherine will offer an update on her work with Sage.

The aim of the Breathing City network is to define a new integrated health evidenced approach to urban building design and technology innovation for vulnerable groups, by understanding how airflows transport pollutants in indoor and urban environments. The network has recently been awarded funding by NERC and Catherine will update us on the network’s aims and objectives.

Jeffery Smith

Air Quality Consultant, World Health Organisation (WHO)

Jeff is an air quality monitoring expert and clean energy advocate and a consultant with the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland for air pollution and urban health projects with a focus on citizen science and community engagement.

Jeff works with individuals, citizens groups, industry, and policymakers to help connect research and data for informed decisions and environmental responsibility. He believes that data visualization will allow us to make better choices to protect public health, increase productivity, and slow climate change.

  • Sensing Health and Safety – What are the multiple benefits and the potential return on investment of deploying indoor air quality monitoring detectors in existing and new buildings with and without central HVAC systems?
  • Natural Ventilation and Sustainable building design: In which environments and settings can natural ventilation work best?
  • Health and Safety for All: What science has discovered in recent years regarding the pathophysiology of the health effects of air pollution.

Ben Channon

Director, Ekkist Advisory and WELL Mind Advisory

Ben is an architect, author, TEDx speaker, WELL AP and mental health advocate, and is well known in the industry as a thought leader in designing for happiness and wellbeing. He developed an interest in design for mental health and happiness after experiencing anxiety in his mid-twenties. This led him to research the relationship between buildings and happiness which formed the basis of his first book: Happy by Design. Ben now speaks on this subject to businesses and universities worldwide. 

Ben qualified as a WELL Accredited Professional in 2019, and in 2020 he joined the WELL Mind Advisory panel, using his expertise to raise the bar for healthy buildings worldwide. He is a Director at WELL and wellbeing consultancy Ekkist, working with clients and design teams to create healthier places.”


Session 2: 11:30-12:45

Keynote speaker - Geraint Davies MP

Labour MP for Swansea West; Chair of the APPG on Air Pollution

Several cities in the UK have exceeded air pollution limits set by the World Health Organisation, including Swansea. With support from academics and experts in Swansea, as well as MPs across the House, Geraint has introduced a Clean Air Bill. The Bill sets out a blueprint for a new air quality strategy to tackle the massive public health risk that air pollution represents. The Bill would:

  • Require the government to set and enforce air quality targets;
  • Tighten vehicle emissions targets;
  • Protect children and the elderly from harmful emissions;
  • Provide more pedestrianised areas and cycle lanes;
  • Promote the use of a fiscal strategy to tackle air pollution, including through the use of diesel scrappage schemes.

Rosamund Kissi-Debrah

Co-Founder of the Ella Roberta Family Foundation

ASBP supports the Ella Roberta Family Foundation

The Ella Roberta Family Foundation was set up in memory and in celebration of the life and passions of Ella Kissi-Debrah. The foundation supports families with Asthma, and works to find the cause, cure and prevention of severe asthma in children.

The Ella Roberta Family Foundation was set up in Ella’s memory as a way of remembering her life, her passions and learning lessons from her sudden death due to very severe and rare asthma.

In the UK, asthma is the number one childhood illness and the foundation continues to raise awareness of the dangers of this debilitating illness.  Currently in the UK three people die from asthma everyday and at least two of those deaths are avoidable. In London the picture is increasingly worrying not only does the capital record high levels of air pollution but 872 schools are in areas which breach the EU recommended levels.Asthma in London continues to increase, in a class of 30 at least 3 children will have a diagnosis of asthma. In the UK a child is admitted to hospital every 20 minutes because of an asthma attack.

Jack Harvie-Clark

Managing Director, Apex Acoustics

Regenerative building design represents a paradigm shift from current sustainability practices towards a new design approach, as it focuses not only on limiting negative impacts but also on promoting a positive contribution to social and ecological systems. Regenerative design and indoor soundscape research share a multidisciplinary approach and the common aim of improving people ́s health and well-being. Indeed, soundscape science, originally developed in the context of urban planning, has been recently applied to the indoor built environment as a research framework that integrates noise control engineering methods with physical, social, and psychological approaches in order to foster the design of indoor spaces positively perceived by building users.


Free Session: 15:00 - 16:30

ASBP Innovation Pitch Series Final

Finalists presentations, audience vote and judges’ winner announcement

Thursday 25th February 2021

Free Session: 15:00 - 16:30

ASBP Awards 2021 Final

Finalists presentations, audience voting for ‘People’s Prize’ and judges’ winner announcement



Whole conference – Sessions 1 & 2

  • ASBP member – £25.00
  • Member of partner organisation* – £37.50
  • General admittance – £50.00

Free sessions

Finals of ASBP Innovation Pitch Series and ASBP Awards 2021.

Free to attend, register when booking conference tickets or register for individual sessions below.

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


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Past Conferences

Healthy Buildings 2020

Healthy Buildings 2018 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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