Importance of indoor air quality in energy efficient homes

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    When it comes to evidence of how indoor air pollutants can effect our health, we’re certainly not short of compelling research.

    The report by the Royal College of Physicians 2016 highlights to risks posed by poor indoor air quality, and put the NHS at the forefront of the debate on IAQ.

    This report, coupled with research from NICE and the World Health Organisation on the sources and effects of indoor air pollutants, gives weight to the arguments put forward by the ventilation industry that IAQ must become a greater focus by the government and within Building Regulations and for the Government.

    A further report by Professor Awbi: ‘The Future of Indoor Air Quality in UK Homes and its Impact on Health’, argues that building regulations aren’t taking into account the impact of improved air-tightness and increased energy-efficiency on indoor air quality and people’s health. Prof. Awbi recommends that there should be a legal requirement for new homes, and guidance for retrofitted homes, to have an air exchange rate of at least 0.5/hour to protect our health. Continuous mechanical ventilation is, he says, the most effective way of hitting these rates whilst saving energy.

    Have you read these reports? What are your thoughts? Comment below.

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