Putting people first

We want to put people first when designing smart and healthy homes, i.e. buildings that offer better comfort and a healthier indoor climate without negative impact on environment and climate.

 

Strategy and goals

With our products and conceptual solutions, we want to help create healthy and sustainable buildings for people to live, work, learn and play in. To do this, we take leadership in raising awareness about the importance of daylight and fresh air for people’s health and well-being.

We seek to pioneer sustainable buildings, inspire the building community and challenge the framework conditions that govern the building sector. In doing so, we take a holistic approach that balances people’s health and quality of life with energy efficiency and environmental protection.

Activities, performance and next steps

Healthy Homes Barometer 2017 


 As part of our user-centric approach to creating healthy and sustainable homes, the VELUX Group carries out the Healthy Homes Barometer survey once a year. It is a pan-European survey designed to investigate the link between people’s homes and people’s health. The 2017 survey is the third such survey and takes the 2016 findings a step further by analysing the impact of buildings on people’s health. 

Key findings from the 2017 Healthy Homes Barometer:

  • Today, one in six Europeans lives in unhealthy buildings, i.e. buildings that are damp, lack daylight or are uncomfortably hot or cold.  
  • There is a clear correlation between poor health and living in an unhealthy building. More than 1½ times as many people living in unhealthy buildings report poor health compared to those living in healthy buildings.
  • Every year, the societal cost of just a few of the illnesses, e.g. asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) that may be caused by unhealthy buildings is €82 billion.
  • To reach the goals of the 2016 Paris Climate Agreement while at the same time creating healthier homes, governments have to boost large-scale building renovations. 

During the year, local versions of the Healthy Homes Barometer 2017 were published in 18 countries. The findings were activated through a wide range of activities targeting end-users, politicians, decision-makers, media and building professionals. 

The Healthy Homes Barometer 2017 was performed in partnership with the consulting agency Ecofys, the Fraunhofer IBP research institute and the economic consultancy Copenhagen Economics. 

The next Healthy Homes Barometer survey will be carried out in the spring of 2018.