City centre air quality is typically above WHO annual warning levels for PM2.5 and NO2. The opportunity for improvement is great.
If your building has mechanical ventilation, ask if it uses regularly maintained, low energy, air filters complying fully with British and European standard BS:EN 13779.
To find out more about pollution and indoor air quality, download the following presentation
Suddenly we are all hearing about air pollution. Last week, vulnerable people, with heart and lung conditions, were advised to “avoid strenuous activity” as levels of tiny but dangerous (PM 2.5) particles in the air reached the maximum level on the Government’s official scale. Like much of Europe, the UK is falling short of EU pollution reduction targets and is unlikely to meet them in next 10 years.
In new estimates released recently, WHO reports that in 2012 around 7 million people died – one in eight of total global deaths – as a result of air pollution exposure. This finding more than doubles previous estimates and confirms that air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk. Reducing air pollution could save millions of lives.
In particular, the new data reveals a stronger link between both indoor and outdoor air pollution exposure and cardiovascular diseases, such as strokes and ischaemic heart disease, as well as between air pollution and cancer. This is in addition to air pollution’s role in the development of respiratory diseases, including acute respiratory infections and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases.
The new estimates are not only based on more knowledge about the diseases caused by air pollution, but also upon better assessment of human exposure to air pollutants through the use of improved measurements and technology. This has enabled scientists to make a more detailed analysis of health risks from a wider demographic spread that now includes rural as well as urban areas.
The Kings College air quality website now has an interactive website that enables anybody living in London to enter their work or home post code and get a personal colour coded map to show annual levels of PM2.5 fine combustion particulates and associated gas phase pollution such as Nitrogen Dioxide. An example is shown below for the City area of London.
Ref. Kings College; http://www.londonair.org.uk/london/asp/annualmaps.asp?species=PM25&LayerStrength=50&lat=51.5008010864&lon=-0.124632000923&zoom=14 Continue reading
We have delivered six CamCleaner 6000 Units to improve the working environment and deliver healthy Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) to a leading manufacturer in the North West.
The wallpaper manufacturer, based in Lancashire was founded in the 1940’s. They are based in a factory in an industrial area of the town and use large printing machines to create patterned wallpapers which are then supplied around the UK, Europe and North America. The factory is still on the original site and over recent years has transformed production into a 200,000²/ft production & office facility.
Our Engineers visited the site to discuss traditional air filter supply to the building and to look at finding a solution to improve indoor air quality within the manufacturing facility. Visible airborne particles were present at high level, this being a by-product of the printing machines and general manufacturing process. High temperatures and particle counts were confirmed in the building rafters and eaves. Extraction to atmosphere was not an option.
We recommended using six of our CamCleaner 6000 units suspended in the ceiling space above the printing machines, taking the pollution out at source. The British manufacturing organisation was looking for a solution that could effectively prevent the accumulation of pollution in a controlled manner whilst using very little energy. We were able to provide the appropriate solution to meet this requirement – the CamCleaner 6000 air purifier.
The mobile and stationary version of the CamCleaner 6000 is the ideal solution for effective filtration and purification of air in large interior spaces and industrial plants making it ideal in a factory environment. CamCleaners use HEPA filters for more efficient filtration, reducing the number of required air changes and using safe and environmentally friendly technology. CamCleaner units come with a high-quality finish, are recognised for trouble-free operation, and provide high air quality at low energy cost. The air circulation generated by the CamCleaner creates a uniform temperature distribution throughout the premises, even in rooms with high ceilings.