In previous years, the Healthy Homes Barometer has looked at how adults are impacted by the state of the European building stock. This year’s edition turns its attention towards one of the most vulnerable groups of society and investigates how unhealthy buildings affect the health, wellbeing and learning abilities of our children. The Healthy Homes Barometer 2019 also goes on to look at the importance of creating home and school environments where children can thrive.
Are our homes making our children sick?
In previous Healthy Homes Barometers, we learned that 1 out of 6, or around 80 million, European adults live in unhealthy homes, which is in itself a surprisingly high number. This year’s barometer finds that the situation for the youngest members of society is even more severe. Today, 1 out of 3 European children – equal to over 26 million or more than the entire population of Scandinavia – live in unhealthy homes.