Healthy Homes Barometer 

The Healthy Homes Barometer is an annual research-based report that takes the pulse of Europe's building stock. Since 2015, the reports have highlighted the importance of improving buildings to address health and climate concerns across populations.

Individuals, societies and the planet can all benefit from better buildings. UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11 focuses on Sustainable Cities and Communities, and the Healthy Homes Barometers demonstrate how such buildings can help in achieving this goal.

The majority of the world’s population lives in buildings in cities and their suburbs, and Europe is no exception. Europe’s buildings are, on average, old, inefficient, and not particularly healthy. The Healthy Homes Barometers examine different types of buildings and their deficiencies in a range of settings to establish how to best target renovation efforts and improve building legislation. The ultimate goal is to boost the renovation rate and reap the rewards of a healthy, efficient building stock. The payoff is better indoor climates that safeguard the health of individuals exposed to them, plus improved energy efficiency and thereby a minimal impact on the climate.

Healthy Homes Barometer 2020

The Healthy Homes Barometer 2020 is dedicated to exploring the role of homes, schools and office buildings in the Green Recovery. Our planned research in new topics for the 2020 Barometer was halted by Covid-19. Instead, we decided to compile relevant facts and insights from the last three years’ Barometers, which we hope may serve as inspiration for a renewed focus on healthy and climate-friendly buildings in the light of efficient means for a fast and green recovery.

In this green recovery, building renovation can play a key role. Few sectors are better at creating local jobs fast than the building sector, and now is the chance to combine speedy economic recovery with improved housing standards. This is even more important in light of the implementation of the Renovation Wave and an upcoming revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).

Healthy Homes Barometer 2019 

An alarming 26 million – or 1 out of 3 - children in Europe live in unhealthy homes, with deficiencies like dampness or mould, darkness, excess noise and cold. If exposed to all four factors, children are four times more likely to suffer from poor health and their learning is negatively impacted.

Key findings

  • 1 out of 3 European children, or 26 million, live in unhealthy buildings
  • Children living with four risk factors (dampness or mould, darkness, noise and cold) are 4.2 times more likely to report poor health
  • European children could miss up to two million days in school each year because of health problems related to buildings with deficiencies
  • Improved air quality can boost student performance (task solving) by up to 15% 
Previous Healthy Homes Barometers