Peter Dyment the Technical Manager and Air Quality and Building Energy Consultant from Camfil hosted a seminar at Ecobuild 2014, the world’s leading event for sustainable design, construction, energy and the built environment.
Ecobuild 2014 took place at the ExCel in London from 4th to 6th March 2014. It presents the entire spectrum of sustainable construction products for new build and refurbishment of residential, commercial and industrial building projects. Peter’s Seminar was titled Ventilation, air cleaning and indoor air quality.
This year the Ecobuild 2014 was an event on a truly immense scale with a comprehensive seminar program over three days. Peter Dyment was invited as part of the Green Energy forum to give a presentation on the growing importance of Indoor Air Quality in buildings and the focus on ventilation systems and air conditioning systems (HVAC) as a means of saving energy. The greenest energy and lowest cost energy is that which is never used. Continue reading
Peter Dyment the Technical Manager and Air Quality and Building Energy Consultant from Camfil is hosting a seminar at Ecobuild 2014, the world’s leading event for sustainable design, construction, energy and the built environment.
Ecobuild 2014 will take place at the ExCel in London from 4th to 6th March 2014. It presents the entire spectrum of sustainable construction products for new build and refurbishment of residential, commercial and industrial building projects. Peter’s Seminar is titled Ventilation, air cleaning and indoor air quality and takes place on Wednesday 5 March 2014 from 16.30 – 18.00.
The Seminar will take place in the ‘Green Energy’ zone and will include content on the cost effective provision of low and zero carbon energy in buildings, including cost effective ways of meeting the new regulations and getting the balance right between fabric and renewable energy technologies.
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Air pollution is much worse than most of us have realised. It regularly exceeds twice the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines and a recent report by an expert panel of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) presented the need to revisit the state of air quality in major cities around the world.
In October 2013, the WHO classified both outdoor air pollution and particulate matter as carcinogenic to humans (Group 1). They are now classified with about 100 other agents including tobacco smoke, ultraviolet radiation and plutonium. The WHO also called outdoor air pollution the most widespread environmental carcinogen. Only smoking causes more early deaths than air pollution when considering separately exposures, impacts and health outcomes.
Hospitals and other healthcare facilities have particular needs, even excluding those of staff and visitors and the impact of outdoor or ambient air quality (AAQ), because patients are vulnerable and diseases are prevalent. In fact, hospitals are uniquely vulnerable and exposed to heightened risks of health, fire and safety hazard. Hospitals and healthcare facilities in Europe may not be taking seriously enough the need to protect people from outdoor and indoor air pollution as well as bio particles and airborne infection.
Let’s rewind. AAQ comprises particles and gases. The particles, which can comprise anything from tiny droplets to diesel soot and tyre and brake wear, are called particulate matter and are classified by their aerodynamic diameter in microns (one millionth of a metre – µm – which is about one hundredth of the thickness of a human hair) e.g. PM2.5 and PM10. The gases, which can coalesce and become particles, are mainly nitrogen dioxide (NO2), ozone (O3) and sulphur dioxide (SO2). Indoor air quality (IAQ) can be worse than AAQ due to the many sources of pollution within buildings, particularly hospitals.