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On 27 March 2012 a Webinar took place that examined recent guidelines of the WHO - World Health Organization and their applicability in - and possible impact on the built environment

FULL RECORDING of the TG77 – WHO Webinar (01:08:47)

Speakers on behalf of the WHO European Centre for Environment and Health were:

- Dr. Michal Kryzanowski on "WHO Guidelines for indoor air quality: selected pollutants" (11:50)

- Matthias Braubach on "Environmental burden of disease associated with inadequate housing" (10:27)


Responses from the built environment community of expert were provided by:

- Wart Mandersloot, TNO, Netherlands and Coordinator of CIB Task Group TG77 on Health and the Built Environment

- Ar Debashish Sanyal, Institute of Technology Raipur, India, CIB TG77 Member

Technical facilitation of the webinar was provided by the CIB General Secretariat (Tom Heyblom) and the CIB Secretary General Wim Bakens was the webinar convener.

As the outcome of the Webinar amongst others was to give guidance to the drafting of a Research roadmap on Health and the Built Environment, much of the discussion focused on the need for research in support of creating healthier buildings and a healthier built environment.
Recommended priorities for research worldwide include:

- Technical research on construction materials’ properties as far as potentially relevant to health impacts-

- Research to create evidence of relationships between building properties, interventions in their improvement and health

- Research to enable reliable economic assessments of the relationships between building and health-

- Research in support of the implementation in construction practices of the newest insights and guidelines on health issues, via regulations and design and with an explicit inclusion of application in the existing building stock

- Making the world knowledge on health and the build environment available to countries like India and China, where right now new housing programs are being prepared and executed for the construction of tens of millions of new houses in the coming decade, and to developing countries where investing in measures to restrict negative health impacts from buildings may be considered an expensive luxury.