BESA calls for air quality measures
It is reported that proposals for a new Clean Air Act should include measures supporting the role of buildings as a ‘safe haven’ from pollution, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).
“People spend more than 80% of their time indoors and there is still a lot more we can do to improve indoor air quality (IAQ)” says Chief Executive Paul McLaughlin. “A series of low cost maintenance measures to ensure ventilation systems work properly and incoming air is filtered and cleaned would make a major difference to the health and wellbeing of building occupants.”
BESA commissioned a YouGov survey last year that found almost 70% of office workers believed poor air quality in their place of work was having a negative impact on their day-to-day productivity and wellbeing. A third were also concerned that poor IAQ was damaging their health.
“Considerable investment has already been made in improving the airtightness of buildings to reduce energy consumption, and that same process can be used to manage air quality,” argues Paul McLaughlin
For more information: BESA IAQ Action Group
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