About Blue Building
Our built environment has a profound impact on human welfare and health.
Closely linked to human wellbeing and health include increased productivity, academic performance, willingness to cooperate, purchasing behavior and satisfaction. Now we spend 90% of our time in buildings. We live, work, shop, recreate and send our children to school in buildings. Our habits, choices and health are affected by the quality of buildings. At the same time, most chronic diseases of our time are lifestyle related. Diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and mental illnesses are often the result of lifestyle choices and are stress related.
Apart from this direct value creation at the micro level, a good health also provides a macroeconomic value through healthy environments in which we reside. A healthier society after all supplies to lower public health costs. In an era of non sustainable acting and aging, interventions in favor of a vibrant civil society becomes an important social issue.
It is no coincidence that the health and wellness industry is now the fastest growing industry in the world, driven by an exponentially growing demand for products and services in this area.
Although the link between these two worlds of the built environment and health studies is increasingly put on the agenda of state governments, platforms, academia, and private parties, there is no institution in which the various stakeholders are united in order to further develop this theme.
Blue Building Institute (BBI) connects these public-private worlds together and operates at the intersection of buildings and health & well-being at European level.
The primary goal of the Institute is to create a movement in which the promotion of human sustainability through the built environment is key.
Our aim is to develop a European standard for the design, construction and management of buildings on people. This planet is not the starting point but people are. This standard provides a practical support for the sector in addressing human welfare.
The Blue Building Institute seeks both to remove the obstacles, as to set up initiatives to create an effective infrastructure for an ecosystem around the theme of “human health and the built environment.”
This theme is multidisciplinary by nature so various stakeholder groups should be involved. So far this theme is primarily flown from the property-related value chain and translated as indoor climate. In our view, this issue goes far beyond that and is not confined to comfort or materials.
The only successful way to progress, is by a holistic approach to the topic, so to approach the built environment from a human perspective. This means in practice that we need to cooperate, while support should be created among the various stakeholders.
Who are these stakeholders?
• Human beings, end users who are directly experiencing the effects of the building where they live, work, learn, shop, receiving care and relaxes. Interest: health, well-being, happiness, comfort.
• The organization that acts as a tenant, especially in commercial real estate, and often it is at the same time employer. This group has an interest in the employee’s being productive, work well together and be innovative. Also an important issue is to reduce sick leave and increase employee satisfaction in the context of attracting and retaining talent.
• The building owner with an interest in a good quality, future-proof building with minimal vacancy and long-term leases. The added value that is delivered to tenants and end users is a chance for building owners to differentiate themselves.
• (health) Insurers that are increasingly aware of prevention in an aging world where health care costs are a daily topic of discussion. If buildings play an important role in achieving prevention goals, this stakeholder group is crucial.
• The medical and technical world.