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The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) – a specialised agency of the World Health Organization (WHO) – has announced there is convincing evidence that exposure to outdoor air pollution causes lung cancer.
IARC has also classified a major component of outdoor air pollution – particulate matter (PM) – as carcinogenic. Although both the composition and levels of air pollution can vary dramatically from one location to the next, the cancer agency says that its conclusions apply to all regions of the world.
In a statement, Magnus Yngen, President and CEO of the Camfil Group, made the following comment about IARC’s conclusion:
“It is now officially recognized that outdoor air pollution contains cancer-causing substances, which sends a clear signal to policymakers around the world to improve the quality of the air we breathe in cities where severe air pollution impacts human health and life negatively. However, improving indoor air quality is just as important. To protect occupants in polluted cities, a three-pronged strategy is needed for urban buildings: effective particle and molecular gas filters in air handling units, elimination or control of indoor pollution and, when necessary, supplementary air cleaning with standalone filtration units to deal with special air-quality problems at the source. Without a comprehensive filtration approach, unclean outdoor air supplied through ventilation systems can mix with indoor sources and become up to 50 times more polluted.”
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REHVA – the Federation of European Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Associations have published a position paper on Indoor Air Quality. REHVA’s experts of indoor air technology, representing the community, engineers, academics, industry, building owners, and facility managers would like to draw the attention of the European Commission to the wide range of negative effects caused by deteriorated indoor air in European buildings. Indoors, people are exposed to various pollutants, which cause a wide range of diseases like asthma, allergy and heart disease and many other minor health problems. A poor indoor environment and poor indoor air quality in particular also reduces productivity, performance at work and learning at schools.
Read the REHVA Position Paper on Indoor Air Quality here.
It is difficult to visualise the business case when talking about general statistics on air pollution and health. What business opportunities are related to better IAQ? This presentation takes a cost based approach. What do you know about the total cost of ownership of a typical office building? Beyond the public health impact of poor IAQ, how can businesses benefit from better indoor air quality?
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