Announcing HealthBuild 2022
At Maastricht University, we’ve developed a brand new line of research on the topic of (un)healthy buildings. Some results?
- The inhabitants of badly maintained homes visit the doctor 11% more often, and double that when they’re older than 64.
- Elementary school children in poorly ventilated classrooms score significantly lower on their performance tests, and are less likely to get favorable high school advice.
- Bad ventilation also translates into weaker analytical and strategic thinking: chess players in badly ventilated rooms make more mistakes.
- The sick leave of office employees that are in a green, healthy building is 2% lower as compared to office workers in a conventional building.
These findings are just the tip of a rapidly increasing iceberg of research results. The general insight is that indoor environmental conditions matter for human health and performance -- a lot. And given that we spend 90% of our time indoors, it’s about time we start thinking, reading and researching more on this important topic.
That is why we are so excited about launching HealthBuild 2022, a new conference that will happen for the first time on October 13 in Venlo, the Netherlands. This event brings together an impressive range of experts in the field – academics, technology provides, developers and investors. For example, John Macomber from Harvard University, author of “Healthy Buildings”, the best-selling book on this topic, will provide a plenary opening talk. There will be a variety of panels featuring indoor climate tech innovators (e.g. Edge NEXT), healthy building users (e.g. APG Asset Management), and developers (e.g. Ballast Nedam) and investors (e.g. Harrison Street). In addition, top researchers in the field will share their latest results. Finally, the chief scientist of WELL, the leading global healthy building standard, will give a keynote.
This is a program that you don’t want to miss. Even better, due to generous funding from the EU Interreg program, this conference is free to attend, so everybody can get access to state-of-the-art insights in this rapidly moving field.
Please find more information on the program in the attached pdf.
You can register here.
See you at HealthBuild 2022!