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The healthy relationship of Biophilic Design and Post-occupancy evaluation

The health and wellbeing of building occupants is a hot topic. It has been acknowledged that buildings have a direct impact on human wellbeing and happiness, something that is compounded by the large amount of time we spend indoors. With this growing interest has come a move to...
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22 Aug 2017

Healthy planning and regeneration innovations

Planning and regeneration can help create health promoting environments that are good for people and the environment. Over the last year I’ve been working with Southwark Council on an ambitious project to raise the profile of health and wellbeing in the Council’s...
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19 Jan 2017

Interview: Making a success of health and wellbeing

BRE’s core value is known to all who work for and within the organisation. This being that the health, safety and wellbeing (H&W) of all our staff, suppliers, resident partners and visitors comes before all else. This is one of the very first things everyone learns ab...
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19 Oct 2016

Can ‘building in health’ to new developments save the NHS? – a lively debate in Bristol

Can we save the NHS by building healthier places? This was the provocation at last night’s Developing Healthy Neighbourhoods event as part of Bristol’s Healthy City Week. Organised by Bristol Health Partners and IBI Group, and supported by Bristol’s mayor, this event asked the...
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25 Aug 2016

124% increase in near miss reporting through YellowJacket app

It has been 2 years since YellowJacket launched its mobile app, Here’s the story:
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29 Apr 2016

The half billion £ cost of not carrying out preventative housing interventions

A new report from IHS BRE Press analyses the cost-benefit to the NHS arising from preventative housing interventions.  The report, funded by the BRE Trust, models the costs-benefit of some common preventive home interventions on a larger scale using national data sources. It...
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05 Apr 2016

Urban health and sustainability for the built environment

Urban health is a growing research field combining disciplines across health, urban planning, geography and others to explore how the urban context effects health. As an urban planner attending the International Conference on Urban Health last weekend in San Francisco, I was...
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23 Mar 2016

Healthy places through urban transport

Transport is both a problem and a solution for some of society’s biggest challenges including climate change, rising chronic diseases and growing healthcare expenditure. It was implicated in 3.7 million deaths from ambient air pollution in 2012 and annually results in 1.3 million...
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09 Feb 2016

The Battle of Britain at the BREEAM Awards 2016

The Education & Health category in this year’s BREEAM Awards 2016 is a real life ‘Battle of Britain’.
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25 Jan 2016

Lighting impacts on health and what the industry should know

Adequate lighting and lighting controls, including the provision of emergency lighting, are essential to enable people to work and move around a building or external site safely. Poor lighting, particularly lighting that causes glare, can give visual discomfort which may result...
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