The UK population spends about 90% of their lives in buildings or vehicles, so it’s important they support your health and wellbeing. With new builds, it should be relatively easy to design in solutions to control the temperature, humidity, light levels and noise.
For good health and wellbeing, it’s important to always have a comfortable temperature. 5 years ago, more than 25,000 people died due to cold homes. Even now, about 90% of UK hospitals are susceptible to overheating due to poor temperature control.
Homes and commercial buildings should have systems in place to stop overheating, prevent heat loss, control the humidity of each room and the ability to heat and cool as required.
The amount of light entering buildings can have massive impacts on our health and wellbeing. Research has shown that employees who sit near windows at work receive more than 170% more white light and even sleep longer, than those with limited natural light.
Ensuring you have lots of natural light in your home is vital for your health and wellbeing. You can achieve this through big windows, roof windows and sun tunnels.
Well designed homes benefit from ventilation solutions that provide a constant supply of fresh, clean air, with rooms that don’t feel stuffy, that keep you feeling awake.
Reports have revealed that spending time indoors can make us vulnerable to air pollution sources such as poorly maintained gas appliances, second-hand tobacco smoke, and exposure to NO2 from gas cooking.
Whether you’re self-building your new home or renovating your current property, make sure you speak to your architect or builder about ensuring you have a proper ventilation solution. Here at SBS, we can offer an exclusive range of products from Renson.
The sounds levels in our homes and work environments can also impact our health and wellbeing.
Research has shown that offices and schools which controlled the level of sound helped improve concentration and productivity in schools and offices.
For every room in your home, consider what the purpose is - for example sleeping, studying or relaxing - and make sure it is appropriately sound-proofed.