REPORT Building materials and wellbeing in indoor environments
Focus groups were carried out in Austria, Finland, France, Norway, and Sweden to understand building professional’s and laypeople’s perceptions of building materials and wellbeing in indoor environments. Focus groups asked participants to share their opinions and experiences related to seven main topics: choosing interior materials, naturalness, naturalness for building materials, wellbeing in the indoor environment, wood materials, cleanabililty, and ethics and environment. This report presents a summary of responses and a preliminary analysis of common themes and priorities among participants. Participants from each of the countries generally held similar views. The appropriateness of interior materials was seen as dependent on building type and context, with a greater preference for natural materials, particularly wood, in residential construction. Different stakeholders had different priorities relating to cleanability and environmental aspects which were often assessed as being in opposition to cost and general aesthetics.
Kristian Bysheim, Anders Nyrud, Kristen Strobel
Building materials and wellbeing in indoor environments