Can ‘building in health’ to new developments save the NHS? – a lively debate in Bristol

Can we save the NHS by building healthier places? This was the provocation at last night’s Developing Healthy Neighbourhoods event as part of Bristol’s Healthy City Week. Organised by Bristol Health Partners and IBI Group, and supported by Bristol’s mayor, this event asked the audience to consider two potential solutions to ‘business as usual’ development … Continue reading “Can ‘building in health’ to new developments save the NHS? – a lively debate in Bristol”

The half billion £ cost of not carrying out preventative housing interventions

A new report from IHS BRE Press analyses the cost-benefit to the NHS arising from preventative housing interventions.  The report, funded by the BRE Trust, models the costs-benefit of some common preventive home interventions on a larger scale using national data sources. It builds on a workshop held in collaboration with Care and Repair England … Continue reading “The half billion £ cost of not carrying out preventative housing interventions”

Healthy places through urban transport

Transport is both a problem and a solution for some of society’s biggest challenges including climate change, rising chronic diseases and growing healthcare expenditure. It was implicated in 3.7 million deaths from ambient air pollution in 2012 and annually results in 1.3 million deaths from road crashes.(1,2) Transportation infrastructure is also a major contributor to … Continue reading “Healthy places through urban transport”

Lighting impacts on health and what the industry should know

Adequate lighting and lighting controls, including the provision of emergency lighting, are essential to enable people to work and move around a building or external site safely. Poor lighting, particularly lighting that causes glare, can give visual discomfort which may result in sore eyes, headaches, and aches and pains associated with poor body posture. It … Continue reading “Lighting impacts on health and what the industry should know”

Project ‘SHOUT’ – the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning

BRE are drawing attention to Sprue’s initiative “Project SHOUT” to raise awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide gas and to highlight the importance of having carbon monoxide alarms in your home. Carbon monoxide is a poisonous, odourless and colourless gas and its presence cannot be detected by our senses. Carbon monoxide is produced from … Continue reading “Project ‘SHOUT’ – the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning”