IAQ - Indoor Air Quality

  15 December 2017, 10:30-12:00 Brussels time (CET)     We spend 90% of our life indoors in buildings, so the quality of the indoor environment has a major impact on our health, well-being, and productivity. The health, comfort and well-being of building occupants are basic requirements and a human right, therefore both policy makers and the building industry have to take their role in ensuring healthy and comfortable living conditions for people.  
Post date: 18 Dec 2017
Type: News

There are many examples of photocatalysts aimed at reducing urban depollution applied on photocatalytic pavements. Titanium dioxide (Titania) is being explored as a component, but the correct method of applying photocatalysts in pavements is still being investigated. Mixed with the binder, the TiO2 was not effective in degrading NOx in the air. As a surface spray coating however, Titania was very effective in removing nitrogen oxide.   
Post date: 13 Dec 2017
Type: Ask the Experts

Photocatalysis is the activity occurring when a light source interacts with the surface of semiconductor materials, the so called photocatalysts. During this process, there must be at least two simultaneous reactions occurring, oxidation from photogenerated holes, and reduction from photogenerated electrons. The photocatalyst itself should not undergo change and therefore a precise synchronisation of the two processes needs to take place.
Post date: 13 Dec 2017
Type: Ask the Experts

This one day symposium aims to bring together researchers, policy makers and practitioners from different aspects of indoor air quality, to share different perspectives on the issues of poor air quality in buildings, the current research activities and future needs in this area and the potential design and policy solutions to improve buildings from both and energy and health perspective.   Speakers  
Post date: 7 Dec 2017
Type: Event

This article from the REHVA Journal (June 2017) describes the Chinese market for indoor air quality sensors. It also provides information about the certification programme RESET a healthy building standard for indoor air quality created in 2011 in China and relying on continuous monitoring data. RESET monitoring standards are key to identifying the difference between good and poor IAQ sensors.    
Post date: 4 Dec 2017
Type: Publication

AIVC Workshop | Towards higher-performing buildings: The role of airtightness and ventilation   The objective of this workshop is to discuss and identify ways to improve the quality of our homes with respect to airtightness and ventilation, as well as discussing the impact suboptimal performance has on energy consumption and health of the occupants. Also of interest are the impacts of mandatory airtightness targets and how best to implement these, if at all.   Specific topics include:  
Post date: 30 Nov 2017
Type: Event

The 39th AIVC conference: "Smart ventilation for buildings" will be held on 18 and 19 September 2018 in Juan-les-Pins, France. It will also be the 7th TightVent conference and the 5th venticool conference.   Conference Scope   Energy and climate goals have been shaping many countries’ policy and legislative agendas in the EU and beyond in the past decade. The building sector plays a crucial role in achieving these goals, considering the energy use attributed to buildings and its huge potential for improved energy performance.  
Post date: 30 Nov 2017
Type: Event

15 December 2017, 10:30-12:00 Brussels time (CET)   We spend 90% of our life indoors in buildings, so the quality of the indoor environment has a major impact on our health, well-being, and productivity. The health, comfort and well-being of building occupants are basic requirements and a human right, therefore both policy makers and the building industry have to take their role in ensuring healthy and comfortable living conditions for people.  
Post date: 30 Nov 2017
Type: Event

The International Energy Agency's Energy in Buildings and Communities (IEA-EBC) Programme newsletter carries regular reports of energy policy development and research activities taking place in various countries. It contains updates on ongoing and planned research projects, features new publications and website information, as well as topical articles of a general nature. It is intended for those active in fields relating to operational energy saving for buildings and communities.  
Post date: 7 Nov 2017
Type: Publication

Moisture and breathability – the key to building performance and healthy buildings A joint event with The Alliance for Sustainable Building Products and supported by STBA, SPAB and ISIBIO.   Buildings should be considered not as standalone discrete entities, but as part of a system in constant and dynamic interaction with people and the environment. This interconnectedness means benefits, problems, solutions and consequences cannot be effectively addressed in isolation.  
Post date: 24 Oct 2017
Type: Event