Most of us typically spend 90% of our time inside buildings of one sort or another.

Therefore, our homes and buildings should first and foremost be designed for people. Creating comfortable living and working conditions is critical to our general happiness, health, well-being and successful education.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Healthy Homes and Buildings highlights the health and cost benefits which can be derived from constructing our buildings and homes to the highest levels of comfort and energy efficiency.

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Building our Future: Laying the Foundations for Healthy Homes and Buildings

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Healthy Homes and Buildings Green Paper, Building our Future: Laying the Foundations for Healthy Homes and Buildings sets out key recommendations on what needs to be done to ensure that all our homes and buildings are healthy and do not create or exacerbate health issues.

 Responding to the Green Paper

We invite you to comment and respond to the Green Paper and in particular give your views on the following:

  • Do you believe the Green Paper covers all the current issues caused by unhealthy homes and buildings? Are you able to provide any further evidence that you think should be included?
  • Do you believe the Green Paper has identified the main problems and solutions in creating healthy homes and buildings? Are you able to provide any further issues or solutions that you think should be included?
  • Do you support the recommendations made in the draft Green Paper? Are you able to provide additional recommendations, including specific recommendations for specific issue areas?
  • What actions do you believe are needed in order to achieve the recommendations in this paper?
  • Do you wish to make any further comments on the draft paper or provide any further information, commentary or evidence?

Your written response should seek to answer the questions above and be no longer than 2 sides of A4 (additional evidence and examples can be submitted separately). Whilst we cannot promise to reflect each and every comment, they will all be read by the authors of the Green Paper and given our serious consideration. Please send your responses to [email protected].

The deadline for submitting responses to Building our Future: Laying the Foundations for Healthy Homes and Buildings is 30th September 2017.

Parliamentary Officers

The Parliamentary officers and members of the APPG represent all nations of the UK and include:


Jim Shannon MP

Jim Shannon MP

Chair & Registered Contact

Democratic Unionist Party

Philippa Whitford MP

Philippa Whitford MP

Co-Chair

Scottish National Party

Mary Glindon MP

Mary Glindon MP

Co-Chair

Labour

Derek Thomas MP

Derek Thomas MP

Secretary

Conservative

David Simpson MP

David Simpson MP

Treasurer

Democratic Unionist Party

Meetings of the APPG for Healthy Homes and Buildings

As part of the consolation process for the Building our Future: Laying the Foundations for Healthy Homes and Buildings, the APPG for Healthy Homes and Buildings will be hosting a series of three round table evidence sessions between October and December.

These evidence sessions will be held on the following dates:

14:00, 31st October 2017, Com Rm 6, Houses of Parliament

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14:00, 21st November 2017, Com Rm 6, Houses of Parliament

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14:00, 12th December, Com Rm 6, Houses of Parliament

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Past Meetings of the All-Pary Parliamentary Group for Healthy Homes and Buildings

Why Healthy Homes and Buildings Matter: Presentation of Healthy Homes and Buildings Green Paper
4th July 2017 2.30-4pm

Details of how to respond to the Green Paper can be found to your left. Minutes of this Annual General Meeting of the APPG can be read here.

The importance of healthy homes and buildings to mental health and well-being
25th April 2017 3.00-4.30pm

Minutes of this meeting of the APPG can be read here.

 

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To find out more about what’s on the agenda, how to become a member of the APPG or how to support the APPG please get in touch.


About the APPG for Healthy Homes and Buildings

The APPG for Healthy Homes and Buildings believes that healthy living and working environments which are efficient and safe really help the most vulnerable in our society. Energy efficient buildings require less energy and help deliver lower energy bills and reduce carbon emissions which benefit the whole of society.

Noise, poor ventilation and air quality also impact on the general health and well being of those who are living and/or working in poor quality and unhealthy environments. The APPG on Healthy Homes and Buildings examines the spectrum of health risks suffered by many living and working in poor accommodation and seeks to raise standards and improve building regulations to ensure that every home and building is fit for purpose and do not create, compound or exacerbate health problems.

The APPG for healthy homes and buildings shines a light on a burgeoning public health problem which needs addressing. How can we make sure our homes and buildings are fit for purpose and comfortable for all? Given that most of us spend the majority of our time “indoors” Parliament needs to recognise that improving indoor air quality is just as much a priority as tackling outdoor air quality.

The APPG for Healthy Homes and Buildings looks at the enormous financial savings and cost benefits which could be accrued by raising building and environmental standards and/or retrofitting homes and buildings. Healthy homes and buildings mean:

  • lower costs to the health service
  • better educational attainment
  • lower carbon footprint
  • improved well-being
  • greater life chances, independent living and care

The APPG for Healthy Homes and Buildings want to encourage holistic and innovative solutions to tackle the problem of unhealthy homes and buildings and to make sure everyone has the right to live in and/or access homes and buildings which are healthy and improve well-being. Legislators need to recognise the significant health problems exacerbated by unhealthy homes and buildings and welcome smarter and more efficient design and development.

To find out more about what’s on the agenda, how to become a member of the APPG or how to support the APPG please get in touch.

The APPG for Healthy Homes and Buildings is kindly sponsored by: