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Written by Ian Orme, Sustainable Construction Group Business Manager, BSRIA.
With an estimated 29,000 deaths a year from Air Pollution, The Environmental Audit committee has issued its third report in five years calling for action to be taken. The report is calling for New Schools, Care Homes and Hospitals to be built far away from major roads.
With over a thousand schools already near major roads, it is suggested that it would make good economic sense to filter the air coming into the buildings.
“Experts believe that the figure of 29,000 is a robust figure, that is unacceptable. Those of us working in the built environment must play our part in addressing this” said Ian Orme, the head of BSRIA’s Sustainable Construction Group. “there is also a wider issue of air quality that we need to address, the environment in which people live and work plays a massive part in their wellbeing. As we have got better at making buildings airtight, it is BSRIA’s experience that there are often significant failures in the performance of ventilation systems leading to an unhealthy environment” Ian continued.
In BSRIA’s experience there are five main reasons for poor indoor air quality:
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