A third of European children live in damp, cold, dark or noisy homes, according to new findings released last week. Portugal is the worst offender in the EU, with one in two kids exposed to unhealthy conditions.

The state of our buildings and, in particular, their impact on human health is in the spotlight more and more, as new EU rules on renovations come into effect. A series of deep-dives into the issue of well-being have also raised awareness.

Danish window company Velux has supported five so-called Healthy Homes Barometers and 2019’s edition focused on how poorly designed or maintained buildings affect child health.

By using official data provided by Eurostat and SILC, research institute RAND concluded that 26 million European children live in conditions that put “them at higher risk of experiencing health problems”, such as asthma, bronchitis and pneumonia.

 

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