Passivhaus Affiliate

Healthy Buildings; The Role of Products

Date: 20 January 2016 Time: 13.45 - 17.30
Location: UCL, London Cost: £50 for PHT/ ASBP members, £100 for non members


Consideration of product impacts should be an essential component for sustainable and healthy buildings and NOT an afterthought. With staff costs amounting to 90% of most office based business operating costs and because we spend so much time indoors, it is essential that the industry delivers healthy buildings. This is especially important for vulnerable groups such as children and the elderly; so buildings such as schools, housing and medical centres.

However, we know that ensuring good indoor air environmental quality is a complex mix of internal and external factors. For example, products have a vital role to play to ensure that internal pollutants are minimised. This is known as source control… but how is this specified? and measured?....our seminar will update you on some recent studies. Building fabric also has a role as part of an effective ventilation strategy – particularly in vapour open structures, where moisture can diffuse through the fabric, so preventing excess damp within the structure and harmful mould growth.

This seminar will introduce the work of UK Indoor Environments Group (UKIEG) and provide an overview of recent research into this complex subject. Research conducted on the continent has resulted in the development of Sentinel Haus Institut in Freiburg, a new resource for information on products and a certification system for Healthy Homes.

We will hear the latest research on moisture control, with emerging evidence that significant domestic retrofit projects have been undertaken without considering the passage of moisture, with dire consequence. We will also hear from the manufacturer’s viewpoint, on how they are addressing these issues and from leading architects who are learning and developing the evidence base, with detailed post occupancy evaluation.

Who is this for

This seminar is aimed at clients, policy makers, architects, contractors, surveyors and manufacturers who are interested in the delivery of healthy buildings.






Chair’s introduction: The role of ASBP and how labels such as natureplus can assist

Gary Newman, ASBP


An introduction to the work of UKIEG and a challenge to industry and government to grow the evidence base.

Dr Marcella Ucci, chair of UKIEG and Lecturer in Environmental and Healthy Buildings, UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering


An overview of European research and the development of the Sentinel Haus label.

Speaker tbc, Sentinel Haus


Developing and applying the framework of metrics proposed by the WGBC last year; lessons learned, the way our thinking has evolved throughout the year, challenges.

Case study:  Neelands House office, Bentley, South Yorkshire: Post occupancy evaluation of this BREEAM Outstanding, Skanska Deep Green, 1,800m2 open plan office facility, occupied since December 2014 by 110 occupants.

Chris Pottage, Sustainable and Healthy Buildings Officer, Skanska UK


Harmonisation of testing and labelling of construction products in the EU according to the emission of 'dangerous substances' to indoor air.

A draft EN test method has now been prepared and the Commission is mandating work to agree harmonised LCI values to be used for classifying products performance with respect to emissions to indoor air.

Derrick Crump, Cranfield University


An overview of moisture risk in buildings and the development of a new approach in standards, regulations and guidance in response to multiple failures; the consequences of this for building products and systems developers. 

 Neil May, STBA, UCL Energy Institute and NBT


 Discussion and debate




What are the common VOCs and their health effects? How can zero VOC paints and finishes and the development of photocatylitic paints assist.

Hannah Maiden, Keim Mineral Paints


The development of the Wienerberger e4 house and an update on the monitoring of the e4 house at the BRE Innovation park

Stephanie Palmer (tbc), Wienerberger


The architects perspective on delivering healthy buildings. What have they learnt from Post Occupancy Evaluations studies on their offices? 



Monitoring of 5 primary schools delivered by Architype in Wolverhampton; three of them Passivhaus certified and all of them from a pallet of natural materials. Data collected on CO2 levels, temperature and humidity in a number of classrooms in each school.

Mark Lumley, Associate Director, Architype


The development of my comfort and the role of products in delivering healthy buildings

Tom Cox, R&D Manager tbc, Saint Gobain


Close and networking drinks until 18.30 



£50+VAT PHT, ASBP, GHA, STBA, UKIEG and UKGBC members.

£100+VAT non members.



Bookings in advance to


Further Information

< Back To Event List