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Healthy Buildings Day 2017: Exploring the benefits of healthy buildings

The annual VELUX Healthy Buildings Day provides a platform for experts and policy makers to discuss the issue of unhealthy homes, which is costing EU governments 82 billion euros per year.

On May 31, 2017, the VELUX Group will be hosting the 3rd Healthy Buildings Day in Brussels to raise awareness of the high numbers of Europeans living in unhealthy homes. As we spend about 90 percent of our times indoor, promoting healthier buildings is a priority for many.

Europeans exposed to asthma

According to research conducted by the German research institute Fraunhofer Institut für Bauphysik, millions of Europeans live in damp and moldy structures and are exposed to respiratory illnesses such as asthma.

The study concluded that people living in damp environments are 40 percent more likely to develop asthma. If the issue was addressed appropriately, the number of Europeans living with the disease could be cut down significantly.

Expensive for EU governments

Moreover, not only are unhealthy buildings harmful for people’s health, they are also a burden on European economies. Governments across Europe lose billions every year in medical treatment, hospitalization and loss of productivity.

The VELUX Healthy Buildings Day aims at providing an arena where experts and policy-makers can discuss findings, share their vision and provide solutions for the issue of unhealthy European buildings.

The event will be held at The European Parliament in Brussels and will include presentations from leading experts and members of parliament. 

The programme

The programme will be moderated by former BBC journalist and international spokesperson Claire Doole.

  • Welcome by Michael K. Rasmussen, SVP, VELUX A/S
  • Introduction by European Commissioner, Vice-President for Energy Union, Maroš Šefčovič (video address)
  • Presentation of the Healthy Homes Barometer 2017 by the institutes: Andreas H. Hermelink, Dr.-Ing. Ecofys; Thomas Kirmayr, Fraunhofer and Martin Bo Westh Hansen, Managing Economist, Copenhagen Economics
  • Daniela Morghenti, EU Policy Adviser, EFA (European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients' Associations): "Why buildings are key to achieve a better health for Europeans"
  • MEP Panel Debate by Mr. Miroslav Poche (S&D), Mr. Bendt Bendtsen (EPP), Mr. Morten Helveg Petersen (ALDE) and Mr. Florent Marcellesi (Greens): "How do we achieve a healthy building stock in Europe? Input to the EPBD discussions"
  • Closing remarks by host MEP Mr. Miroslav Poche (S&D)
  • END


The event will be followed by a brunch and networking event in ASP 3 D Bar Forum (next to the Tractor Bar) from 10.30-11.30.

There are only a few seats left, so please register your participation here.

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