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The link between well-designed homes and improved health and wellbeing

Feel Good Live Well - the UK Comfort Health and Wellbeing Report from Saint-Gobain

People are becoming more interested and concerned with their health, wellbeing and the positive choices they can make to improve their lives. As human beings, we typically spend up to 90% of our time indoors, either in vehicles or in buildings, working, learning or socialising. Much of the time we spend in buildings is spent in our homes.

Recognising the importance of this, Saint-Gobain is committed to collaborating with academia and other businesses in the built environment sector to further research into the links between sustainable, well-designed homes and the improved health and wellbeing of people. By doing this, we want to work with others to demonstrate how better buildings can improve comfort, health and wellbeing for UK homeowners and renters.

As well as conducting a variety of research, we were also intrigued to ask UK homeowners and renters directly about their respective priorities regarding their own comfort, health and wellbeing, with a particular focus on how this is currently influenced by their own homes and living environment.

By speaking to over 3,000 homeowners and renters and asking a range of questions, we’ve gathered results and drawn conclusions, we believe will give greater insight, direction and identify opportunities for those with a role in developing, designing, delivering or managing housing.

Just some of the findings include:

  • People are increasingly concerned about their Health & Wellbeing - over 95% of homeowners and renters make some effort to look after their Health & Wellbeing
  • People are paying attention to their diet - 85% of those surveyed aim to eat healthily some or most of the time
  • People are increasingly aware of the need to exercise - 55% exercise at least occasionally, and 27% regularly
  • 90% of those surveyed buying or moving into a new home are concerned about the impact their homes would have on their health & wellbeing
  • People want homes that won’t compromise their health & wellbeing, with 29% prepared to pay more for a home that won’t compromise their health and wellbeing. Whereas just 12% would be prepared to pay more for a home that is more environmentally friendly

To read the results in full, you can download a copy of the full report here. We welcome your feedback and thoughts on the report, and hope you will also contribute to furthering this developing and important area of public health research.

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Mike Chaldecott
Mike Chaldecott General Delegate and Regional CEO
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