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Indoor Air Quality - IAQ

A dedicated area to help raise awareness of the importance of indoor air quality, the conditions of air inside buildings and how our sector can work together to make buildings safe havens.

#IAQ #SafeHavens

The Building Engineering Services Association is championing the need to monitor and improve the air quality in buildings. 

90% of our time is spent inside buildings making it vitally important to improve the quality of the air we breathe. An increasing number of studies have proven the link between air pollution, which includes poor indoor air quality, with a number of health issues from heart and lung problems, to decreased levels of productivity in the workplace.

A BESA commissioned survey found that poor IAQ had negative effects on office workers with almost 70% stating poor air quality in their place of work had a negative effect on their day-to-day productivity and well-being. The survey also found that workers regularly experienced lapses in concentration, fatigue and decreased productivity levels due to poor IAQ.   

The building engineering services industry has a key role in helping to create buildings that act as safe havens and clean air zones. As an Association we are working facilitate our industry's role in improving IAQ by raising awareness on the issue. We are campaigning for amends to be made to Building Regulations in order to include a requirement for a broad-based pollution checks to be undertaken while buildings are being developed, ensuring real thought is given to the quality of the air inside buildings once they are completed.    

This dedicated area gives details of the latest information and research taking place along with industry campaigns and IAQ events.

 

 

What can our industry do now?

Our Indoor Air Quality infographic shows the impact poor air quality can have on our health and how we as an industry can work together to combat it.

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LATEST NEWS AND AVAILABLE RESOURCES:

BESA CALLS FOR GREATER FOCUS ON INDOOR AIR QUALITY

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) says there should be more emphasis placed on the quality of air inside buildings ahead of this year’s national Clean Air Day on Thursday (October 8th). The Association is supporting the event and will be using its social media platforms to promote the #cleanairday messages. However, it believes that clean air campaigns and events continue to be focused almost exclusively on outdoor pollution and that this should change in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. The crisis has raised awareness of the role of indoor air quality (IAQ) in protecting the health and wellbeing of building occupants, the Association said.

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SCHOOLS HAVE NO BUDGET FOR AIR

When they re-open fully in September, schools will only be able to take very basic indoor air quality precautions due to tight budget constraints despite fears over the possibility of the coronavirus spreading around poorly ventilated classrooms. This was the message from the latest webinar hosted by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA), which also heard that even opening windows to improve air change rates could pose a problem for many UK schools.

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ENVIRONMENT BILL SHOULD GIVE COUNCILS AIR QUALITY POWERS

Local councils should be given the legal authority to enforce higher standards of air quality in homes, schools and public buildings, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

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WHO HEALTH AND AIR QUALITY CAMPAIGNER JOINS BESA GROUP

The UK’s first World Health Organisation (WHO) advocate for air quality and health has joined the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) group for Health and Wellbeing in Buildings to progress her campaign to turn buildings into safe havens from air pollution.

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NEW GOVERNMENT CAN AFFORD TO GET RADICAL ON AIR QUALITY

The new government has a fantastic opportunity to make radical changes to indoor air quality (IAQ) policies and tackle a growing health emergency in buildings, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA). It said the government’s comfortable majority should give it the confidence to enshrine a series of “bold measures” in its proposed Environment Bill that could transform health and wellbeing in buildings.

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IAQ IS ‘QUICKEST AND CHEAPEST’ ANTI-POLLUTION MEASURE

Improving Indoor Air Quality is the quickest and cheapest way to protect people from worsening air pollution, according to one of the country’s foremost clean air campaigners. Speaking at a special BESA IAQ event, Clean Air in London founder Simon Birkett said IAQ must become part of the building planning process.

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BESA launches IAQ Standard on Clean Air Day

A new comprehensive industry standard covering Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) has started to take shape following a special event organised by the BESA to mark the UK’s first ever National Clean Air Day on June 15.

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IAQ standard

The first chapter of our IAQ Standard is now available...

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Calls for a new Clean Air Act to support Safe Havens

A powerful coalition of environmental campaigners, health bodies and industry groups has launched a campaign to force the government to take 'urgent action' on air pollution by creating new legislation 60 years after the original Act was created to tackle urban smog. We are supporting the proposals and calling for the measures to include support for the role of buildings as ‘safe havens’ from pollution.

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AIR QUALITY MONITORING

We record and monitor the indoor air quality of our head office in London using a Foobot air quality monitor. Have a look at the live stats and what they mean...

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70% of office workers complain about poor air quality

Our survey found that indoor air pollution is prevalent in work places across Britain, potentially causing long-term health problems.

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Indoor Air Quality at a glance - BSRIA guide

The Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA) have put together a guide on Indoor Air Quality.

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HOW TO BE ‘SMART’ ABOUT INDOOR AIR QUALITY - webinar

BESA's international webinar on the use of smart ventilation to tackle indoor air quality in partnership with the CIBSE ASHRAE Group.

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