The design and quality of homes and neighbourhoods is a key contributor to the health and wellbeing of the people who live there, and almost 30 percent of buyers and renters would pay more for properties with those qualities.
These are the major findings of a new report produced by the UK Green Building Council, under WorldGBC’s Better Places for People campaign.
The report, Health and Wellbeing in Homes, aims to increase the focus of the property industry on how they can positively improve the mental, social and physical health and wellbeing of home occupiers, by providing recommendations and evidence for the industry. It also includes key consumer research from Saint-Gobain, one of the sponsors of the Better Places for People campaign.
According to the report, there are 18 factors that make up a healthy home, ranging from lighting, sound insulation and materials, through to connections with the local community, and practical considerations such as having laundry provision to prevent moisture and mould build up.
Key findings of the report are:
Health and Wellbeing in Homes is the latest in a series of reports published under the Better Places for People campaign, and follows the Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices and Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Retail.
The sponsors of Better Places for People are: Arup, B+H, International Well Building Institute, Land Securities, Lend Lease, M&S, Saint-Gobain, Skanska and Uponor.