Building forum: Housing quality as a measurable value?

Tuesday June 14
At 10:00–12:30
Seminar, Workshop
People first: quality of housing as quality of living
The Building Information Foundation RTS sr

Registration required

Target group:
Housing developers, builders, designers, city planners, regional and municipal decision-makers and building control authorities, construction investors, owners and dwellers.

Event description:
Residential buildings are present in the everyday activities, chores and experiences of every human being. In most cases, the home is the largest investment people make in human life. Yet, residential buildings are not relevant only from individual perspectives, but also from the point of view of national wealth and economy. In light of these points, striving to continually improve the quality of housing is a justified endeavor. Measurement is seen as the central route to improvement in many fields. But is housing quality a measurable value? We discuss this in the Building Forum in two themes.

The first considers why the quality of housing should be determined and assessed, and what aspects relate to it. The second presents housing quality criteria currently being promoted in Finland collaboratively among a group with extensive expertise, including input from a variety of partners from the Finnish construction industry. In addition to criteria usable in different ways, a digital tool interface will be introduced and discussed, through which criteria selected a site-by-site basis can be applied in housing development, and eventually utilized in identifying the experiences of residents. We welcome multidisciplinary debate on views and experiences of measuring technical and experiential aspects of housing quality.


Opening words
Jaana Matilainen, Rakennustieto Oy

Housing quality matters
Simon le Roux, The Ministry of the Environment

2020s urban housing production in Finland: what kind of quality is emphasized?
Terttu Vainio, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Ulla Vahtera, Helsinki City Urban Environment Division

Summary of perspectives, discussion

Promoting housing quality: history, discoveries and new developments
Sampo Vallius, The Housing Finance and Development Center

How is housing quality defined and monitored today?
Sini Saarimaa, Building Information Foundation RTS

Socio-spatial performance of apartment buildings:
working on the quality assessment for the Finnish context

Sini Saarimaa, Building Information Foundation RTS

Interactive mini-workshop, discussion

Closing remarks
Markku Hedman, Building Information Foundation RTS

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Location address: Rakennustieto, Malminkatu 16 A, 8th floor, 00100 Helsinki

Organizer's contact details:
The Building Information Foundation RTS
Sini Saarimaa