Children's environmental health

Other environmental risks

Housing, children and health


The primary purpose of buildings worldwide is to protect adults and children from the hazards, and discomforts of outdoor environments and to offer a safe and convenient setting for living and human activity. Furthermore, people-especially in temperate and cold climates and in industrialized societies-spend most of their time indoors in buildings such as homes, offices, schools and day-care centres. This means that, from the perspective of exposure to environmental conditions and hazards, housing and indoor environments have important public health consequences for both physical and mental health, and even more so regarding children.