UKIEG Conference 2019

The UK Indoor Environments Group (UKIEG) annual conference will take place on 27th June 2019 and is a one-day networking event for a multidisciplinary audience of academics, policy makers and industry experts with an interest in improving indoor environments for health and wellbeing. The conference includes invited speakers, presentations and discussion, a poster session and networking.

This year’s theme is on ‘Emerging Issues in Indoor Environmental Quality: Science and Policy’ with invited speakers Julie Godefroy, Prof Steven T Holgate and Dr Victoria Tinks.

Julie Godefroy, Technical Manager, Chartered Institution of Building Service Engineers, CIBSE will be presenting on ‘Guidance and criteria for healthy and comfortable environments:
update from CIBSE and the Good Homes Alliance’.

Prof Steven T Holgate CBE, FMedSci, Medical Research Council Clinical Professor of Immunopharmacology and Honorary Consultant Physician within Medicine at the University of Southampton will be presenting a lecture on ‘How important is indoor air pollution in UK homes?’

Dr Victoria Tinks, Building Scientist, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government will be presenting a lecture on ‘Ventilation and overheating requirements of the Building Regulations’.


Call for abstracts! The new extended deadline is 5th April, 2019. Please email your abstract (300 words) using this template to james@spinkhealth.com with the subject title ‘UKIEG 2019’ specifying if you are applying for an oral or poster slot.

The UK Indoor Environments Group (UKIEG) was launched in 2003, with the aim to co-ordinate and provide a focus for UK activity concerned with improving indoor environments for people.

Tickets are now available and can be purchased here. The conference fee is £110 per ticket or £60 for students and UKIEG members.

National Air Quality Awards 2018

The 2018 National Air Quality Conference and Awards took place on Thursday, October 4th.

The day began with a conference with the aim to discuss the practical steps being taken to tackle air pollution, to look at the future role of road transport and how car-makers are looking to tackle emissions as well as to hear about the latest innovations within the clean air field.

An exciting part of this year’s conference agenda was a session on Indoor Air Quality which was chaired by David Evans MBE who is the founder of AirTopia. We live tweeted from the session and you can see some of the highlights below:

See more by following #NAQC2018

Following the conference, the awards ceremony took place, where the following categories were featured:

• Local Authority & Public-Sector Air Quality Initiative of the Year
• Innovation in Air Quality Technology
• Passenger Transport Air Quality Initiative of the Year
• Vehicle Fleet Air Quality Initiative of the Year (prev. Freight Transport)
• Leader in Low Emission Mobility
• Air Quality Communications Initiative of the Year
• Commercial Sector Air Quality Initiative of the Year
• Air Quality Champion
• Indoor Air Quality Initiative of the Year

The Indoor Air Quality Initiative of the Year
Another exciting part of this year’s event was the Indoor Air Quality Initiative of the Year award. The award was open to the business or organisation which could demonstrate how they have made a notable contribution towards improving indoor air quality in a specified environment: through a product, new initiative or dedicated campaign.

BEAMA were honoured to sponsor the award, which was presented by Keith Ritchie from Titon and chairman of BEAMA Ventilation Group. This year’s winner of the award was Hilson Moran, a multidisciplinary engineering consultancy for the built environment. They won the award for their work in fitting out a new Manchester Office in a project which incorporated green moss walls, selected plants to such benzene, formaldehyde and other air pollutants out of the air. They fitted kitchen cupboards made from potato skin and straw which helped avoid the use of materials high in VOCs. All of these solutions will help improve health and wellbeing within the workspace and the office is one of the first outside of London to be awarded the WELL Certification.

Thank you Air Quality News for a great and important event. We are very happy to see Indoor Air Quality becoming a key part of the discussion on air pollution.

BEAMA publishes first Ventilation White Paper, Better Ventilation, Better Homes, Better Health

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As indoor air pollution continues to become an ever-growing public health issue, the national trade body for the electrotechnical industry, BEAMA, has published its first Ventilation White Paper entitled Better Ventilation, Better Homes, Better Health. The White Paper addresses a range of measures that, if actioned, can help solve the issues facing the industry and deliver better indoor air quality in UK homes.

Poor indoor air quality has been linked to a wide range of health problems, from allergy and asthma to conditions as serious as lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Indoor air pollution is also responsible for the annual loss of 204,000 healthy life years every year in the UK, as well as resulting in considerable costs to the NHS and the wider economy. One method of combatting poor indoor air is to ensure that your home is properly and continuously ventilated.

In the White Paper, BEAMA has identified two critical areas of concern that are currently facing the industry:

  • The lack of a joined-up approach towards energy efficiency and ventilation
  • Poor-quality installations which are ‘plaguing the industry’

“While very positive steps have been made to improve the energy efficiency of our homes, whether they be newly built homes or retrofitted existing homes, the same cannot be said for improvements in ventilation.”

Dr Howard Porter, Chief Executive Officer, BEAMA

BEAMA is calling on the Government to make indoor air quality a priority by financially incentivising the installation of ventilation improvements and undertaking public education campaigns on the health risks of indoor air pollution and the simple steps that homeowners can take to improve their own home air. The Paper outlines the importance of improving the focus of indoor air quality in Building Regulations and compliance with these Regulations.

“As homes are becoming ever more airtight we need to focus on ensuring that the ventilation industry plays its part in helping to deliver good indoor air quality. Energy efficiency improvements are being made in isolation without due consideration to the unintended consequences of sealing up homes and where installations of ventilation are being made, they are often not up to scratch. Our White Paper aims to tackle all of these issues with a few simple steps that Government could take to help ensure better indoor air for all.”

 

Keith Ritchie, Chairman of the BEAMA Ventilation Group

To read the full White Paper, please click here.

For more information on indoor air quality, please visit our resources page where we have a variety of infographics and reports that can be downloaded and used as you wish.

Indoor Air Quality Guidance for London-based Offices, Restaurants & Shops

Envirotec creates Indoor Air Quality Guide for London-based businesses.

Congestion in cities is a largely discussed topic due to the inconvenience and delays it causes people. While the frustration may be the main thing debated, congestion causes another issue far more dangerous but not nearly as obvious – pollution.

According to a recent research carried out by the London Atmospheric Emissions Inventory, every part of the capital exceeds acceptable global pollution levels of PM2.5, which is a highly toxic air particle known to worsen heart and lung function. The latest Public Health England study attributes the annual costs of air pollution to the NHS as £157 million.

While the outdoor air quality of the capital is a major issue, what many people don’t know is that indoor air quality can be between two and five times worse than outdoor air. There are many different sources of indoor air pollution and especially in working, learning and social environments they can affect many people at once.

Envirotec have created a guide for London-based offices, restaurants and shops which provides information and tips on how to assure that the indoor air quality in these environments are kept to a maximum. It discusses the importance of indoor air quality to both employees and customers, the different sources of pollution as well as the difference between natural and mechanical ventilation and why opening a window in a city with already severely polluted outdoor air isn’t going to successfully fix the indoor air.

Read the full guide here.

My Health My Home Backs Clean Air Day 2018

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My Health My Home is raising awareness of indoor air pollution this Clean Air Day.

Yesterday marked this year’s Clean Air Day – a national awareness day to encourage the public to find out more about ambient and indoor air pollution and to share information on how to make air cleaner and healthier for everyone; both inside and outside the home.

In aid of the day, My Health My Home created a number of resources to raise awareness of the significant health impacts that are associated with poor indoor air quality, including an infographic detailing 5 quick and easy steps that anyone can make to improve the indoor air in their home (which can be viewed here). On social media, we ran a Thunderclap Campaign spreading a message on Indoor Air Quality with a social reach of over 150,000 people. We also created a Clean Air Day toolkit for our ventilation group members with infographics, GIFs and mini-infographics featuring key messaging on IAQ for them to share on their social media platforms.

Poor indoor air quality, or indoor air pollution, occurs when there is a build up of pollutants in the home to the extent that it affects the occupant’s health and comfort. Brits spend around 90% of our time indoors and approximately 16 hours a day in our homes. As homes are becoming more air tight due to higher energy efficiency standards, there is a greater chance that pollutants will accumulate and create a higher risk of indoor air pollution.

Adequate ventilation is a key factor in improving the air quality of UK homes and My Health My Home recognises that for a change to happen, action on a higher level is needed.

Share our ‘Every 6 minutes’ graphic on social media and tweet us your support today @MyHealthMyHome because #IndoorAirMatters this #CleanAirDay.

To keep up to date with our future campaigns, follow us on Twitter @MyHealthMyHome

Caerphilly Ventilation Manufacturer Marks ‘Clean Air Day’ with School Events

Ventilation manufacturer Nuaire, is highlighting national Clean Air Day on the 21st of June with with School Events.

BEAMA Member, ventilation manufacturer Nuaire, based in Caerphilly, is highlighting national Clean Air Day on the 21st of June with an Air Quality Interactive Workshop with a local primary school, Cwrt Rawlin. Volunteers from Nuaire will also be planting an Air Quality Garden at the school and are participating in a ‘green’ journey to work and leaving their car at home.

Air pollution harms the health of millions, leading to respiratory problems which are particularly detrimental to children and impact on their lung function growth.  According to a recent World Health Organisation (WHO) report, 44 UK cities have air too toxic to breathe safely.  Caerphilly is sadly home to Wales’ most polluted road, where levels of nitrogen dioxide are higher than anywhere but central London.

Clean Air Day is celebrated annually and is co-ordinated by Global Action Plan. It is a chance to find out more about air pollution, share information with friends and colleagues, and help make the air cleaner and healthier for everyone.

As a part of this year’s Clean Air Day, Nuaire is hosting an Air Quality Interactive Workshop for a class of 30 year 3 children from Cwrt Rawlin Primary School in Caerphilly.  The workshop will feature engaging and fun presentations and scientific experiments that look at indoor air quality, how to reduce air pollutants in the home as well as a cyclone ball game where the teams will be challenged to remove the most ‘NOX particle’ balls. They will also host a factory tour of their facilities. Furthermore, as a part of the event, a team of Nuaire employees will be planting an ‘air quality garden’ at Cwrt Rawlin School to encourage school children to think about ways to reduce air pollution.

Nuarie is a large employer in South Wales with over 400 staff based in Caerphilly. For more information about Nuarie and their activities on Clean Air Day, visit their website here.

Indoor Air Quality in the Home

65% of homeowners in the UK have experienced the signs of poor indoor air quality in their home. It’s time to tackle indoor air pollution and improve our homes and buildings.

We spend 90% of our time indoors and around 16 hours a day in our homes, breathing in air that can be up to 50 times more polluted than outdoor air and contain up to 900 potentially dangerous chemicals and particles. In our new video titled “Indoor Air Quality in the Home,” we aim to raise awareness and inform homeowners of the range of serious health problems that come as a consequence of deteriorating indoor air quality in UK homes and buildings.

In a recent poll of UK homeowners commissioned by BEAMA, it was found that:

  • 65% had experienced the signs of poor indoor air quality in their home
  • 80% of respondents thought that indoor air quality was either as important to their health, or more important than outdoor air
  • 65% would be willing to pay a small premium for a house with effective ventilation that maintained good indoor air quality
  • 73% thought that poor indoor air quality should be a health priority for the government.

Around 65% of homes in the UK are estimated to suffer from poor indoor air quality because of inadequate ventilation.

Properly installed effective ventilation can help to maintain good indoor air quality by preventing the build-up of pollutants in the home. To read a full guide on ventilation, visit: https://indoorairpollution.co.uk/resources/. For more information on ventilation providers, visit: http://www.beama.org.uk/ventilation-solution-providers.html

Colin Timmins of BEAMA said: “Poor indoor air quality is an issue that could have serious health consequences if we do not act together – as homeowners, industry and government. While we are working with industry and government to deliver better ventilation systems in UK homes, householders also need to be aware of the impact they are having on their own indoor air, what this could mean for them and the steps they can take to improve it.”

To watch the full video on Youtube click here.

VTT-led European Project Aims for a Healthier Environment

chairs, classroom, collegeVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is coordinating a European project called ESTABLISH, which aims to provide a healthier and safer environment and improve the quality of life for people across Europe.

This project will include a pilot experiment in Finland, which will be carried out in schools. A call is now out for Finnish schools to participate in the experiment, which will begin next autumn and focus on improving indoor air quality.

The project involves developing innovative personalised applications and services for users by combining personal physiological measurements and sensor data on the quality of indoor and outdoor air. The aim is to gain information on the effect of indoor air quality on the well-being of students and teachers as well as reliable indoor air quality measuring techniques.


The pilot experiment will involve collecting information about indoor air quality using different kinds of classroom-based sensors.

Teachers will be given wearable devices for collecting personal physiological data. They will also have access to a mobile application that they can use to give feedback on how they perceive indoor air quality and their own well-being. During the second stage of the experiment, the mobile application will be used to give teachers information relating to their working environment and their own well-being.

The pilot experiment will be carried out in the autumn of 2018, and it will run for approximately four months.

The number of sensors in our living environment is expected to increase considerably in the next few years. This presents the immense potential to develop new personalised data-based applications and services.


ESTABLISH (Environmental Sensing To Act for a Better Quality of Life: Smart Health) is a Europe-wide project consisting of 20 businesses from seven countries. The primary objective of the project is to improve people’s well-being by monitoring and improving indoor air quality. Other pilot experiments associated with this project focus on improving indoor air quality with the help of smart heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems.

This article originally appeared on Eurekalert, 12.10.2017

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-10/vtrc-vep101217.php

Air Pollution Billboard Ads Appear in Five Cities

A billboard-ad campaign has been launched aimed at educating drivers of the impact of exposure to air pollution in five cities across the UK.

The newly launched #HelpBritainBreathe campaign sees roadside billboards going up in Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Southampton this week. All these signs will be a warning of the causes and effects of air pollution.

It is being delivered by the Health Air Campaign, backed by the British Lung Foundation and environmental law charity ClientEarth as well as the Campaign for Better Transport, the London Cycling Campaign, Doctors Against Diesel, Friends of the Earth, Transform Scotland, The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, Sustrans and Cycling UK.

Campaigners have said that they hope the initiative will boost public interest in the threat posed by air pollution, giving those stuck in rush hour jams the chance to consider its impact on their own health and on the health of those who live near to congested areas.

Andrea Lee, Healthy Air Campaigner, said: “It’s worrying how many people living in cities and towns outside of London are unaware of how they and their families are affected by the dirty air they breathe every day.”

Dr. Penny Woods, Chief Executive of the British Lung Foundation, said: “This campaign is vital in making drivers aware of the devastating impact air pollution has on everyone’s lungs. Research has shown that many drivers are exposed to higher levels of pollution than cyclists when on the same road.

“Filthy air is causing a public health crisis, stunting children’s lung growth and making existing lung conditions worse. We need urgent action from central government with the introduction of a new Clean Air Act. Our lung health demands nothing less.”

The campaign is urging the public to visit the Help Britain Breathe campaign website at helpbritainbreathe.org.uk.

This article originally appeared on Air Quality News, 27/09/2017

https://www.airqualitynews.com/2017/09/27/air-pollution-billboard-ads-appear-five-cities/