Leading on Health and Wellbeing
Industry & Regulatory News, Architecture & Interiors, Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning (HVAC), Health, Safety, Security & EnvironmentCIBSE has updated Technical Memorandum TM 40 (Health and wellbeing in building services) which addresses key environmental parameters that impact wellbeing in the design, construction and operation of buildings.
This revised version reflects significant changes in the environmental conditions we are exposed to and advances in our knowledge of how these environments affect our health, comfort and cognitive performance - with an emphasis on thermal conditions, humidity, air, light, acoustics, electromagnetic fields and water.
A significant change in the document is the focus on performance outcomes. The revised document summarises existing health-based guidance and regulations and proposes recommended levels for each key environmental parameter. These may then be used as targets in new buildings, fit-outs and refurbishments, or as benchmarks in existing buildings to define priorities and improvement programmes.
Additionally, the revised document proposes the development of a design strategy for the people in a space, rather than the space itself, as a useful approach to designing for health and wellbeing.
To download the new publication and view the accompanying resources visit cibse.org/tm40.