Leading roof window manufacturer, VELUX has announced today it has joined the Irish Green Building Council. The strategic partnership will see the two organisations working together to create healthier and greener buildings.
The news comes just a few months after Dublin pledged to improve air quality by 2030 as part of the BreatheLife campaign. The World Health Organisation estimates that 92% of people around the world breathe air which falls short of recommended guidelines. Never have we spent so much time indoors and the air inside can be 2 to 5 times more polluted than the air outside.
David Gallagher from VELUX said: “The UN Sustainable Development Goals call for businesses to act for a sustainable future for people and the planet. At VELUX, we try to live up to these expectations by ensuring resource efficiency in our production and by optimising our products to help create bright and healthy places in which to live, work, learn and play. We are very excited to join the Irish Green Building Council and to collaborate with other members for a better built environment.”
Pat Barry CEO at the Irish Green Building Council added: “Making better buildings for people and the planet is at the core of our mission. Daylighting and indoor air quality are a mandatory assessment to reach the Home Performance Index certification. I am delighted to welcome VELUX into as one of our gold partners. This category is for businesses who really commit at a strategic level to sustainability and want to collaborate with us to achieve it. We look forward to working closely with VELUX to drive positive change”.
As part of the partnership, VELUX contributed their expertise on designing better quality daylighting to the Green Homes Solutions webinar series organised by the Irish Green Building Council. The free webinars are intended to assist designers to develop better quality homes that consider the environment, health and wellbeing, as well as economic impacts of new housing.