Sustainable buildings with a health perspective - a qualitative interview study

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Publication 2-year master student thesis
Title Sustainable buildings with a health perspective - a qualitative interview study
Author(s) Bjurnemark Stark, Inger
Date 2009
English abstract
When buildings are constructed and renovated today, environmental aspects are most often taken into consideration. There might, however, not always be a clearly expressed health perspective. This study explores the obstacles and opportunities to initiating a clearer health perspective in the construction and real estate branches. A qualitative method was used, consisting of semi-structured interviews with ten agents from the construction and real estate branches in the private and municipal sectors. The analysis was performed by the use of organisational theory. The results show that different financial incentives such as “ROT-deductions” are the ones most discussed when it comes to attaining a clearer health perspective into the sustainability work of the branches. Suggestions for improvement in the legislative area were for example about specifying threshold values for certain substances in the indoor environment, and about improving policy for how chemical products are to be declared. Different classification systems for healthy buildings could also be of use, if coordinated to be better understood. Also the need to discuss ethics, morality and “attitude” in the branches was brought up. The need to use health economic measures to be able to make comparisons to other societal costs was also emphasized.
Publisher Malmö högskola/Hälsa och samhälle
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Indoor environment
Sustainable buildings
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/9877 (link to this page)

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