Building health and indoor climate

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We spend up to 90% of our lives indoors. Therefore, it is crucial for us to focus on the health of the constructed environment and, according to the World Health Organization, there is plenty of scope for improvement. Many harmful substances manage to squeeze through to be used in new and refurbished buildings, at the expense of human health. Part of the solution may be voluntary materials passports.

Leading certification schemes for sustainable buildings include the indoor climate in the equation, but they differ as to how they weight it. DGNB requires measurements of air quality – and perhaps a new DGNB Heart will soon help highlight buildings by bringing special focus to bear on healthy indoor climates. Through the Building Material Scout database, it is possible to get an overview of the materials that meet the requirements stipulated for certified buildings.

The material health of Troldtekt acoustic panels – and how the panels contribute to a healthy indoor climate – has been thoroughly documented. Go along on a visit to healthy office buildings in Germany and Sweden and to a laboratory for sustainable building materials in Berlin. Troldtekt is part of the design at all the sites.

Thorough testing spotlights VOCs

When we stay indoors, the body absorbs chemicals from the air. Yet building materials with a recognised indoor climate label provide assurance of a low degree of degassing of hazardous volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Helene Klinke, Business Manager, Danish Technological Institute, explains why it is important to test building materials – even when they enter the lifecycle of new buildings.

>> Read more about VOCs

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New materials passports can make building projects healthy and circular

Enormous volumes of harmful substances in building materials manage to slip through to new and refurbished buildings alike.

“You almost have to be a chemist to size up each material,” says Martha Lewis, Architect and Head of Materials, Henning Larsen Architects. She has an idea for how to resolve this: voluntary material passports, as they will significantly increase transparency.

>> Why materials passports are the way forward

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Choose carefully when certifying your building project

All the leading certification schemes for sustainable building take account of the indoor climate. Even so, there are crucial differences in how the schemes weight the various criteria.

A building’s size and type also matter. This makes it important to consider the specific aspects of the indoor climate you wish to document when choosing a scheme.

>> Learn how to choose correctly

Choose carefully when certifying your building project

How Troldtekt works for health and well-being

The third UN Sustainable Development Goal, ‘Good Health and Well-being’, includes reducing deaths and illness caused by harmful substances. Troldtekt works to achieve this goal through thoroughly documented material health and traceability.

>> Read how this is done in practice

How Troldtekt works for health and well-being

Building Material Scout: Easy access to healthy and sustainable materials

Sustainable building involves a variety of product information, building certificates and material declarations. This can make it difficult for builders, planners and product manufacturers to maintain an overview of the requirements.

Building Material Scout solves this challenge by making the required information easier to obtain through a digital platform.

>> Read how Building Material Scout works

Troldtekt acoustic ceilings are the natural choice when wanting to ensure superior acoustics and a healthy indoor climate in, for example, office buildings

Better indoor environment with DGNB

To obtain a good DGNB rating, factors like thermal and acoustic comfort and indoor air quality must be in order – not just on paper, but in the finished building.

According to CEO Dr. Christine Lemaitre, the goal of DGNB is to drive continual change. Regarding health and wellbeing, the next step could be to adapt a new Danish distinction called DGNB Heart for use in Germany.

>> Read the interview with Dr. Christine Lemaitre

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SundaHus: Data is the basis for material banks

“Sending harmful chemicals into a natural cycle is like pouring sand into clockwork,” says Lisa Elfström, CEO, SundaHus. It is important for property owners to be aware of the materials being used so that as much as of them as possible can be safely recycled.

This is the type of overview that SundaHus Material Data provides. Using the database, the parties involved in a building project can make documented choices of sound materials.

>> Read the interview with Lisa Elfström

Troldtekt acoustic panels as wall cladding in office buildings
Troldtekt acoustic ceilings are the natural choice when wanting to ensure superior acoustics and a healthy indoor climate in, for example, office buildings

C2C LAB in Berlin

A traditional concrete building in Berlin has been transformed into the world’s first cradle-to-cradle knowledge centre. C2C LAB has been refurbished using healthy circular materials. These include several variants of Troldtekt panels on ceilings and walls.

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Troldtekt acoustic panels as wall cladding in office buildings

Eminent in Malmö

People who are doing well perform better. This is the philosophy behind Eminent, the first WELL-certified office building in the Nordic region, meaning that it was designed to promote the well-being of its users.

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Troldtekt acoustic ceilings in school buildings

Alnatura Arbeitswelt in Darmstadt

The head office of Alnatura, which sells organic food, has set new standards for sustainable building and the use of natural materials. The building is awarded the highest DGNB certification possible: platinum.

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Theme overview

With our Troldtekt themes we continually bring focus to topical trends within the fields of acoustics, indoor climate, architecture and sustainable building.

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