Health and wellbeing is a huge talking point, no matter what industry you work in. For architecture and construction, new building standards and product certification are helping to conquer the commercial sector as the biophilic office proves a return on investment. What we are lacking though are examples of this approach working in the mainstream residential sector. Where there are examples, they’re mostly one-off private homes or in the premium Build to Rent sector. So, the crucial question is: Can we build affordable healthy homes at scale?

This was the topic of discussion put to four experts at a Wood for Good seminar dedicated to this subject at WoodFest Sheffield: Edward Murphy, founder and managing director at building performance consultancy, Ollio; Sarah Wigglesworth, director at Sarah Wigglesworth Architects and principal investigator for the DWELL design research project at the University of Sheffield; Kevin McGeough, director of Ebbsfleet Healthy New Town programme; and Miranda Plowden, business development director at South Yorkshire Housing Association.

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