Make Buildings Safe Havens


peterDid you join the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) event about Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) on the June 15th? Speaking at the Event Simon Birkett, Founder of Clean Air London, talked about the importance of protecting our Indoor Air Quality.

During the event it was announced that their would be a new working group set out to publish the Industry first IAQ standard in the UK. The Standard will outline ways in which the industry can respond to the growing need for internal clean air zones in the face of the rising levels of toxic emissions outdoors.

This standard will outline the fact that IAQ measures are relatively cheap and easy to deliver with simple solutions of changing to filters that Achieve ePM1 ratings when compared to new air filtration standard ISO16890

New video released on the effects of PM1 particles on your body

Particulate Matter (PM) is present in every breath you take and it comes in a range of different sizes. Particulate Matter is measured in a range of different sizes with the most common from PM10 (10 micron Particles or less), PM2.5 (2.5 micron particles or less) or PM1 particles (1 Micron Particles). Our body has built in defenses against many of these particle sizes but some can penetrate deeper than others.

The PM1 particle is the size that penetrated deepest into the human body. Find out more about this particle in the video below

WHO report finds ‘unhealthy environments’ kill 12.6 million people each year

Camfil UK: 21/03/2016 – The World Health Organisation (WHO) have estimated that 12.6 million people died as a result of living or working in an unhealthy environment in 2012 – nearly 1 in 4 of total global deaths, according to new estimates. Air pollution amounts to as much as 8.2 million of these deaths.

air pollutionThe Report, “Preventing disease through healthy environments: a global assessment of the burden of disease from environmental risks”, reveals that deaths due to non-communicable diseases (NCDs), mostly attributable to air pollution (including exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke), amount to 8.2 million of these deaths. NCDs, such as stroke, heart disease, cancers and chronic respiratory disease, now amount to nearly two-thirds of the total deaths caused by unhealthy environments. Continue reading