Improve indoor air quality and reap quick wins for energy savings – Whitepaper

We have published an informative White Paper highlighting the opportunities that arise from choosing effective air filtration systems within non-domestic buildings. To find out how the indoor air quality within your organisation can be improved  whilst delivering significant energy savings, download the White Paper here.

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Many multi-site organisations and Estates Departments at larger organisations are committed to developing and implementing energy plans, involving strategy and policy on energy and sustainability. One of the main aims of these plans is to strive to balance the key principles, those of sustainability, financial viability, environmental enhancement and social responsibility.

We can demonstrate through a number of high profile installations, how air filters directly influence energy consumption within air handling units that heat, cool and clean the air of approximately 200,000 air conditioned buildings in the UK.

The White Paper, called ‘Quick wins for energy savings in buildings: Choosing low energy air filters for both optimised energy performance and indoor air quality’ addresses the challenge that all industry sectors are facing when it comes to the energy efficiency of their building stock.

The Federation of European Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning Associations have estimated that within the EU alone there is a potential annual saving of 5TWh available by switching to Low Energy Air Filters. This would equate up to £500 million energy saving in the UK.

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BSRIA Indoor Air Quality Event

 The issue of Indoor Air Quality has been gradually rising in the public consciousness alongside that of city outside air pollution over the last few years. BSRIA should be praised for their presence of mind in holding this timely IAQ themed event last week in London.

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Article by Peter Dyment, Buildings IAQ and Energy Consultant – Camfil Ltd

The event called ‘Indoor Air Quality – must we live with problems?’ was aimed at anyone involved in the air quality arena including all designers, as well as controls companies, contractors, ventilation suppliers and those involved in regulation in the industry.   School children fall asleep in class and mould grows on the bathroom walls.

Buildings are getting more air tight, the VOCs in a new building are significant but ventilation systems are not coping.  The first half of the event the panel examined the problem, and the second half centred around investigating possible actions for the industry, for government and for BSRIA.

The event speakers shared some of the results from the Building Performance Evaluation programme of the Technology Strategy Board, covering both dwellings and non-domestic buildings.

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Improving Indoor Air Quality in Hospitals

Reproduced with kind permission from Bay Publishing: www.bay-publishing.com

 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.

IAQ in Hospitals

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.

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