Could Indoor Air Quality Become Law?

In the coming weeks, the Conservative government will release the new, post-EU, Environment Bill. This increasingly crucial piece of legislation is likely to lay out the government’s plans for our environment including any protections for our welfare.

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has called on the government for a range of far-reaching commitments to indoor air quality regulations. The link between poor air quality and poor health has become so reinforced that to ignore its effects indoors would be an oversight to say the least.

Specifically, BESA is calling for a number of things:

  • The measuring and monitoring of indoor air quality to be made mandatory in certain types of buildings, specifically where particulate matter, CO2 and volatile organic compounds are present
  • For ISO16890 (the latest filtration standards) to be adopted into building regulations, allowing building engineers to tackle even the very smallest particulates
  • It backed a recommendation from the Committee on Climate Change that building regulations should ensure that advances in insulation aimed at protecting the environment shouldn’t come at the cost of mechanical indoor ventilation
  • That air quality checks become a mandatory part of OFSTED inspections in schools, due to the increased risk to children, particularly in high-risk urban areas and areas with high traffic
  • That air quality standards should be imposed in hospitals and other healthcare environments where sensitive individuals are at risk
  • Regular alerts should be issued at times when there are spikes in local air pollution and information gathered should become a consideration for officials considering planning applications

They believe work should also be done to improve the system of air quality management areas administered by local authorities, which would, in turn, support the achievement of several of these points.

Doing its part, BESA has recently launched a ‘Building Safe Havens’ campaign, with the intention of promoting the concept of indoor clean air zones, protecting occupants from the worst excesses of indoor air pollution.

With luck, these calls could see indoor air quality become a legislative concern, protecting the welfare of building occupants.

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