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Sustainable buildings provide benefits to the environment, society and economy (also known as planet, people and profit) and create win-win-win situations. In other words, a sustainable building should help to reduce carbon emissions, provide a safe, healthy, comfortable and stimulating environment and help to improve satisfaction and productivity of the users.
The quality of a building can have a huge impact on the health and wellbeing of the occupants. A building's Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) is determined by five factors:
There are quantitative measures which may include:
And qualitative measures:
BSRIA provides a number of services that can positively change the built environment to improve the wellbeing of occupants. These include:
Independent building performance and post-occupancy evaluation services
Soft Landings guides including Framework and Core Principles (free download for BSRIA Members)