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UK | New report calls for attention and action on IAQ

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According to a new report published by the Adaptation and Resilience in the Context of Change (ARCC) network UK homes are experiencing poor indoor air quality (IAQ) at a scale and magnitude that needs immediate national-level attention and action.

 

The report provides an initial analysis and early synthesis of the discussions held during the workshop: “Better homes, better air, better health”. The workshop was organised by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), the Building Research Establishment (BRE) and the Adaptation and Resilience in the Context of Change (ARCC) network and hosted by the Paediatrics and Child Health, and took place on 12 April 2017, in London, UK. The event brought together 62 professionals from across the research, industry, policy and third sector communities, and aimed to encourage industry and research leaders to think about and inform future action on the solutions and knowledge needs for reducing exposure to air pollution when indoors over occupants’ life-course and building lifetimes. The event report identified challenges and possible actions.

 

The report highlighted a critical challenge; the lack of robust, longitudinal, shared IAQ profiles, associated health consequences and datasets across the national housing stock.

 

Identified actions that require immediate attention include:

 

  • proactive clear communication to the public;
  • act now to reduce high outdoor air pollution levels;
  • conduct nationwide monitoring and pooling of data required for outdoor, outdoor ingress indoors and indoor air pollution;
  • strengthen understanding of the relationship between indoor air pollution, exposure and health impacts;
  • define the economic impact of poor indoor air quality and the health benefits of healthy homes.
  • increase the array of positive solutions to help tackle and reduce indoor air pollution, from changing common domestic practices, reducing pollutant emissions from construction materials and home improvement products through to novel Internet of Things solutions and changes in market products including home insurance and mortgage products.

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