18 June 2019

A highlight on healthy buildings

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Image: Sunbeams Music Centre, Cumbria.


Over the years, the influence our surroundings have on our health has been subject to much debate, analysis and discussion in the construction industry. It has never been more relevant; more people than ever are going to the doctors suffering from stress and poor mental health, while research indicates that the average person spends more than 90% of their time indoors.


At the TTJ Wood and Wellness conference in February, BRE's Dr Ed Suttie launched TRADA’s new Briefing document The role of wood in healthy buildings, deliberating on timber’s potential role in supporting health and well-being.


The Briefing document collates a plethora of international research highlighting the impact of exposure to nature and natural products on health and well-being, and considers how wood – with its inherent benefits – can be best utilised as a tool. It is a broad, 28-page summary relevant to any individual with an interest in the subject.


TRADA is now releasing a supplementary Wood Information Sheet (WIS) on the subject, intended to pinpoint the precise areas of research which inform specifiers on best practice. The WIS Specifying timber for healthy buildings breaks down the research supplied in the Briefing document into well-defined sections and simplifies discussion around preservatives, product emissions and more into actionable recommendations inspired by the larger Briefing document.





  • Biophilia and the connection to nature
  • Materials and indoor air quality
  • Regulations and certification
  • Perceptions of wooden surfaces and 'wood preference'
  • Timber specification


  • What makes a building healthy?
  • Regulations and certification
  • The evidence for using timber and wood products within healthy buildings
  • Specifying timber for healthy buildings
  • The future of healthy buildings

12 pages
Available to members only

28 pages
Free to download


Go to our collection of Healthy Buildings resources


Dr Ed Suttie, Research Director at BRE, will be presenting on his findings at TRADA’s Better Timber Buildings conference on 27 November 2019. Early-bird tickets are now on sale