|This issue focuses on the increased comfort, health and safety of a development's occupants, visitors and others within the vicinity. Issues here aim to enhance the quality of life in buildings and surrounding areas by recognizing those that encourage a healthy and safe internal and external environment for occupants.|
The Health section consists of the following issues, which embed sustainability actions through the key stages of design, procurement and initial occupation beginning with the initial 'preparation & brief' stage and ending with the 'monitoring & handover after use' stage:
Each issue consists of certain features which may be integrated within a design provided certain criteria have been met. Dependent on which of these are incorporated, is the level of sustainable design impact and recognition that can be achieved.
- Health impact assessment
- Visual comfort
- Indoor air quality
- Safe containment in laboratories
- Thermal comfort
- Acoustic performance
- Security of site & buildings
- Private space
- Water quality
Each health sustainability issue comes under the responsibility of a certain party within the design and construction teams and is tackled most effectively at a certain point in time within a project's development preparation stages.