Health in the Built Environment

Health in the Built environment comprises those activities done in the built environment with the purpose to sustain and facilitate public health and well-being, while supporting individual citizens in their ambition to have quality of life.

In addition, to quality of life other indicators for health in the built environment are amongst others, mobility, vitality and productivity at work. Areas in which research is executed includes both the outdoor as well as the indoor environment.

The aim of the health in the built environment community is to develop innovative and multidisciplinary projects to submit for funding and to keep each other informed of all the interesting initiatives of the TU/e and its wider context. As well as to promote our expertise to society in order to support policymakers and citizens to create healthier surroundings that promote an active lifestyle and enhances well-being.

Research has a focus on:

  • Identifying facilitators and hindrance in the environment (outdoor and indoor)
  • Finding solutions to
  • Support healthy living in urban areas (outdoor)
  • Maintain or increase mobility and walkability of aging adults in indoor and outdoor areas(urban planning and services)
  • Create healthy environments (indoor- Building physics and services)

The Built Environment Team for Health (BETH) consist currently of the following researchers at the department of the built environment: Helianthe Kort  – chair
Maaike Riemersma BSc  - secretary Astrid Kemperman (Urban planning) Pauline van den Berg (Housing and social life and Mobility)
Dr. Ir. Lada Hensen-Centnerová (Smart Cities Program)
Ir. Sophie Rousseau (Students involvement)
Ir. Johan van Zoest (Urban design)

Following researchers from other departments are also intensively involved. Ed Nijssen (IE7IS)
Dr. ir. Pieter van Gorp

PhD projects which are involved in Health in the Built Environment:

  • Creating healthy environments hospitals
  • Creating healthy environments offices