8. Healthy Buildings, Healthy Spaces

  1. Knut Schroeder1,2,
  2. Trevor Thompson2,3,
  3. Kathleen Frith4 and
  4. David Pencheon5

Published Online: 9 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118342527.ch8

Sustainable Healthcare

Sustainable Healthcare

How to Cite

Schroeder, K., Thompson, T., Frith, K. and Pencheon, D. (2012) Healthy Buildings, Healthy Spaces, in Sustainable Healthcare, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118342527.ch8

Author Information

  1. 1

    Concord Medical Centre, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK

  2. 2

    Centre for Academic Primary Care, School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK

  3. 3

    Wellspring Healthy Living Centre, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK

  4. 4

    Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

  5. 5

    NHS Sustainable Development Unit, East of England Strategic Health Authority, Cambridge, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 NOV 2012
  2. Published Print: 14 NOV 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470656716

Online ISBN: 9781118342527



  • healthy buildings and healthy spaces;
  • buildings and spaces, role within healthcare;
  • supportive qualities, space planned/designed as sustainable;
  • sustainable building, and awareness of natural environment;
  • the building, nature in meeting psychological/emotional needs;
  • domestic or ‘home-like’ qualities, creation of a healing environment;
  • healthcare buildings, locking users into habits/models of care;
  • common myths, surrounding sustainable building designs;
  • new building and commissioning, and energy consumption;
  • ‘greener’ buildings, sustainable construction changing rapidly


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The building in healthcare

  • Healthcare estate: carbon and resource impacts

  • Barriers to making buildings more sustainable

  • Optimising energy efficiency

  • Using renewable and alternative sources of energy

  • Sustainability management of buildings in context

  • The future for sustainable buildings

  • Building a more sustainable future

  • Useful sources for further information

  • Key actions

  • References