One out of six Europeans – or the equivalent of Germany’s population – today reports living in unhealthy buildings, according to the Healthy Homes Barometer, launched by VELUX at the European Parliament.
In some countries, one out of three buildings are damp (leaking roof or damp floor, walls or foundation), lack daylight, have overheating problems or inadequate heating in the winter.
Such conditions clearly have an adverse impact on people’s health. Compared to those who live in healthy buildings, those leaving in unhealthy buildings are 1.5 times more at risk of poor health. This demonstrates a clear correlation between unhealthy buildings and people who have rated the self-perceived health parameter as ‘poor’.
The third edition of the Healthy Homes Barometer was launched by VELUX at the European Parliament.