B&ES Indoor Air Quality Group Meeting – RIBA London

The Building and Environmental Services Association Indoor Air Quality group was called to address increasing concern in the health implications of being exposed to poor indoor air quality. Representatives from the air movement industry, CIBSE, B&ES attended with BSRIA and other members of the academic community are expected to participate in this group.Air Quality

The meeting reflected the concern on indoor exposure to air pollution recently expressed by Joan Walley MP: Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee who said:

“We know that there are risks of exposure to poor air quality, to nitrogen dioxide and to particulates. These pollutants are having a large effect on children’s health and if you look at the long term, if you look at this as a whole, then you have to start to question the cost of not taking preventative measures of these kinds.”

She also said:

“There is a public health crisis in terms of poor air quality. There are nearly as many deaths now caused by air pollution as there are from smoking, so the main thing is we stop a new generation of children being exposed.”

She added that “well over a thousand” schools were already near major roads and that it “made sound economic sense” to filter the air coming into the buildings.

 

Joan Walley ‘Action on Air pollution’ https://youtu.be/4acO1-C3J5Q

This is the first time officially that a firm government link has been made between poor indoor air quality and high levels of traffic air pollution.

Schools and Hospitals were identified as being of high importance and a priority for action to provide an effective haven against daily exposure to traffic air pollution.

A presentation was made by Peter Dyment of Camfil to the group to emphasize how extreme the air pollution is in London and how high the concentrations of traffic pollution can be present without people being aware or making the link to their own health risk.

On a bad air pollution day in central London, even well specified and well maintained air filters in building air systems will struggle to clean the air sufficiently to make it healthy for people to breathe.

In these situations a range of actions could be recommended that could include improving the effectiveness of existing filter systems or the additional use of standalone air purifiers.

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Camfil recognised by Johnson Controls for a Supplier Leadership Award

Camfil is amongst global suppliers who were recognized for excellence in leadership by Johnson Controls at the 2014 Supplier Excellence Awards.

JOHNSONEarlier this month, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, suppliers to Johnson Controls were recognized for their commitment to quality, delivery of service, cost savings and leadership in their fields.

Eleven suppliers were judged to be the best of the best for their services, products and leadership in helping Johnson Controls exceed its customers’ increasing expectations.

Alex Molinaroli, chairman and chief executive officer of Johnson Controls, said:

Partnerships with our suppliers are critical for the long-term growth and success of Johnson Controls and these companies deliver day in and day out on their commitments to support our strategy to be a market leader in the industries we serve.”

The Supplier Leadership Award, honoured suppliers for their contributions in the areas of Johnson Control’s values and objectives including innovation, sustainability, continuous improvement, global growth, customer satisfaction, shareholder value and quality. The recipients of the award were: Continue reading

How improving indoor air quality can protect health, improve productivity and save money

Why is improving Indoor air quality so important?

  1. Better IAQ increases productivity in offices by 10% thanks to higher air supply rate and appropriate filter maintenance.
  2. Polaroid managed to reduce sick leave by 35% and save 400$ per employee by upgrading buildings HVAC Systems, equalling close to 1,5Million $ total savings per year.
  3. According to an Australian study, improving IAQ reduces sick leave rate by 39% and costs by 44%.
  4. Better IAQ improves schoolchildren reading test results by 13%
  5. Improving by 1% productivity with better ventilation system can save between 20 to 60€/m2, with benefit to cost ratio of 9.4 (productivity/HVAC investment, Energy and maintenance cost). Payback time was less than 2 years

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How to improve IAQ ?

1. Indoor pollutants source emission control

2. Appropriate ventilation system design and improvement

3. Air filter selection at air inlets according to EN13779

4. Additional molecular filtration or air cleaning for specific locations and pollutions Continue reading