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Workshop at Healthy Buildings 2015 Supporting Biorhythms with the Circadian House Concept
Workshop at Healthy Buildings Europe 2015 in Eindhoven on 19 May 2015
How should a residential house be designed if the health and well-being of the inhabitants were the primary design criteria? Can the design of a building support human circadian rhythm? Can the design of a building promote a healthy and active lifestyle? How can we push towards sustainable and energy efficient constructions without neglecting the health and well-being of the occupants?
The above questions were the drivers in a series of workshops, with scientists from different fields, trying to identify the key factors in creating healthy homes. The outcome was compiled inthe report Circadian House – Principles and guidelines for healthy homes in 2014.
The workshop at Healthy Buildings Europe 2015 will present the principal outcomes, raise more questions, and start a discussion with the participants as to how this can be put into practical design. The workshop will be moderated by Koen Steemers from the University of Cambridge, as well as Karsten Duer from the VELUX Group and Danish Buiding Research Institute.
Karsten Duer, VELUX Group, is and adjunct professor at the Danish Building Research Institute (SBI), Aalborg University. Karsten Duers professorship concerns the association between indoor air quality and energy consumption of buildings from a holistic view that includes air quality, daylight and well-being.
Koen Steemers is professor of Sustainable Design in the Department of Architecture, Cambridge University. Previously he was director of the Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies (2003-08), and today also Director of Cambridge Architectural Research Ltd. As an architect and environmental design specialist, Koen Steemer’s current work deals with the architectural and urban implications of environmental issues.
We will post information about the detailed workshop programme and speakers in the coming weeks.
For more information about Healthy Buildings Europe 2015 please visit http://hb2015-europe.org.