Event Series "natureplus Europe – Healthy Buildings 2020"
Join natureplus and its partners for a European-wide event series on ‘healthy buildings, healthy people’ from 19 to 29 October 2020. Meet building professionals, academics, and material experts from across Europe, online or in person. During the web seminars, web conferences, site visits and exhibitions, participants will have the opportunity to learn:
- What a healthy building product is.
- How good indoor air quality is determined.
- How to measure and monitor for health and well-being.
- The latest research and guidance on indoor air quality.
- Best practise examples, products and case studies to enable healthy indoor environments.
The worldwide COVID pandemic has raised public awareness of health issues. People are spending more time than ever indoors. There is little discussion, however, about the role of buildings for human health, which are often anything but healthy. Many materials in our homes, schools and offices contain and emit substances that are harmful to our health and weaken our immune system. Regulations in Europe to protect the population differ strongly basing on varying degrees of strictness and often lack reliable control.
Understanding Healthy Buildings, Product and Indoor Environments
In order to share knowledge with health-conscious consumers, building professionals and planners, natureplus and the national representatives Agrodome, ASBP and IBO invite you to the 10 day event series. Across seven events, experts will discuss building product requirements e.g. for VOCs, formaldehyde and other pollutants. Building professionals from Austria, Germany, Great Britain, and Netherlands will discuss factors influencing indoor air quality and the important role of materials, reliable testing and certification. Site visits and exhibitions demonstrate the high potential of bio-based and sustainable materials for healthy buildings. The event series closes with a web seminar showing that pollutants not only effect human health but also undermine a sustainable life cycle of building, with potential approaches for managing pollutants and contaminants in building materials suggested.
The event series on is generously supported by Lignotrend and Baumit
Indoor Air Quality - Understanding, Ensuring & Realizing Healthy Living+
Indoor Air Quality - Understanding, Ensuring & Realizing Healthy Living-
Monday, 19 October, 15:30 – 17:00 CET
Event promoter: natureplus associationDiscuss together with experts from the construction sector and research about indoor air quality and the question of understanding and delivering healthy living and buildings. The web seminar provides an overview of the main factors that determine healthy indoor environments. It focuses on building materials and discusses the requirements for VOCs, formaldehyde, pollutants etc. and for reliable product testing. Building and research projects and best practice examples will give insights into buildings designed for healthy living.
Commha Consulting Heidelberg
|Understanding Healthy Living||Dr. Rolf Buschmann|
Member of the Commission for Indoor Air Hygiene (IRK) at the German Federal Environment Agency & natureplus President
|Ensuring Indoor Air Quality||Daniel Tigges
|Realizing Healthy Buildings||Andrea Klinge
Head of Research ZRS - Architekten Ingenieure Berlin
Exhibition Opening - Materials for Healthy Buildings+
Exhibition Opening - Materials for Healthy Buildings-
Wednesday, 21 October, 16:00 – 18:00 CET
Event promoter: Agrodome
Location: Woonwijzer in Heerlen, Netherlands
For more info, click here.Be one of the first visitors of the permanent exhibitions that open in October 2020. Attendees will receive a professional introduction into the new information center for sustainable buildings and can join seminars about bio-based ecological and sustainable materials. The exhibition informs the public about the possibilities of sustainable materials and building concepts. It brings the visitors in contact with the suppliers of bio-based products and building professionals.
Impression of the new exhibition for sustainable materials and building in Heerlen Discover the interior at the site visit.
Post-Covid 19: The Importance of Healthy Buildings+
Post-Covid 19: The Importance of Healthy Buildings-
Thursday, 22 October, 15:00 – 18:00 CET
Event promoter: ASBP & Green Register
For more info & for registration click here.During the Covid-19 pandemic, occupants have spent more time than ever inside their homes. It is therefore paramount that our indoor environments are fully supportive of our health and wellbeing. But what does this mean in practice? Discuss together with experts from the construction sector about the importance of heathy buildings..
|Opening||Simon Corbey, Director ASBP & Lucy Pedler, Director The Green Register. A welcome from key sponsor Neil Freshwater, Public Affairs Manager at Velux|
|Designing for Healthy Buildings: What factors do designers influence?||KDr Rachael Marsh|
BMBS, MSc, MFPH Public Health Physician
|Materials for Healthy Living & Building: introduction to the European eco-label natureplus||Tilmann Kramolisch
Director natureplus association
|Health Effects of indoor air quality (IAQ) and recommendations to government||Professor Stephen Holgate
CBE, FMedSci, Clinical Professor at the University of Southampton and special advisor for the Royal College of Physicians
|Does Passivhaus make a healthy building?||John Palmer|
Research and Policy Director, Passivhaus Trust
|Indoor Air Quality: On Guidelines for selected VOCs in Indoor Spaces in the UK||Sani Dimitroulopoulou
Principal Environmental Public Health Scientist – Indoor Environments, Public Health England
|About functioning and costs of Waverton’s IAQ Home and Commercial Survey tests in the UK and Europe||Tim Robinson
Director Waverton Analytic
|Why it is important to measure IAQ and what are PPM’s monitoring tools and methodologies.||John Jones
Managing Director PPM Technology
Smarthome Cadzand House+
Smarthome Cadzand House-
Saturday, 24 October, 15:00 – 16:30 CET
Location: Cadzand House, Netherlands
Event promoter: Agrodome
For detailed info, click here.During the construction of this house, the homeowner focused on using ecological products for health benefit reasons. For the event series natureplus Europe - healthy buildings 2020, the owner exclusively opens the doors for a guided tour of the house. Hear about the concept of the building and why bio-based product with certified labels were specified.
The Biobased Smarthome Cadzand House.
Bio-based Materials for Healthy Living+
Bio-based Materials for Healthy Living-
Monday, 26 October, 16:00 – 17:00 CET
Event promoter: Agrodome
For detailed info, click here.Presentation of bio-based ecological materials by Halbe Vlietstra, senior advisor at Oldenboom. He explains the positive effects on Indoor Air Quality and shows how to apply it on the building site. Oldenboom is a supplier of building products. In their product range, they put a strong focus on bio-based, heathy and certified building materials.
|Opening & Moderation||Sissy Verspeek
Co-Director Stichting Agrodome
|How to apply buildings to good Indoor Air Quality?||Halbe Vlietstra
Senior Advisor Oldenboom Materials Supplier
Exhibition - Materials for Healthy Buildings+
Exhibition - Materials for Healthy Buildings-
Thursday, 29 October, 16:00 – 19:00 CET
Event promoter: Agrodome
Location: ICDubo, Rotterdam, Netherlands
For detailed info, click here.Visit the permanent exhibition on sustainable building, with materials and building products of more than 200 companies and organisations represented. You can also take part in a small symposium (max. 40 persons, depending on further COVID-19 developments) and experience bio-based materials and their effects on heathy living.
ICDubo permanent exhibition.
Healthy Buildings: Contaminants & Pollutants in the Circular Economy+
Healthy Buildings: Contaminants & Pollutants in the Circular Economy-
Thursday, 29 October, 17:00 – 18:00 CET
Event promoter: IBO
For more info, click here.The fact that the unimaginably large quantities of building materials are to be reused and recycled is now not only anchored in the EU's Circular Economy Action Plan, but is also a central component of sustainable building. In practice, the key lies in the collection of materials by type, in determining whether they contain harmful or unwanted substances and how they can be rendered harmless. In this way, the strict natureplus criteria could also be met with recycled materials.
Hildegund Figl, who has been involved with dismantling and recycling in the building industry for decades, reports on new approaches and possible measures in Austria and Europe. Chaired by Barbara Bauer, board member of natureplus.
|Opening & Moderation||Barbara Bauer
Head of knowledge transfer IBO - Austrian Institute for Healthy and Ecological Building
|What are new approaches & measures for managing contaminants and pollutants in building materials in Austria & Europe?||Hildegund Figl
Chair of IBO - Austrian Institute for Healthy and Ecological Building