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.