Indoor air quality to be assessed

March 28th, 2013 Category: Building Management

A new survey has been launched which will explore the general awareness and understanding of indoor air quality in non-domestic buildings and the health implications of indoor air pollution in the workplace.

Climate change is generally perceived to be an outdoor thing, and many people could be aware that the quality of air in their place of work could be affecting their health. Facilities that are managed by companies using chemical-heavy cleaning equipment could be particularly guilty of impacting indoor health, although there are a number of reasons why indoor climates could have health risks and it is crucial that companies are aware of what they are.

The indoor air quality (IAQ) survey will be targeted at building owners, facility management companies, estates managers and property managers of non-domestic buildings, all of which have been urged to take part in the study. The results will be released on the campaign’s website ( where information on air quality can also be found.

Considering people in Europe spend at least 90 per cent of their time indoor, air quality is likely to become a big focus in our nation’s buildings and homes. Poor air quality has been linked to Sick Building Syndrome, reduced productivity in offices and impaired learning in schools, and can significantly impact general day-to-day working lives. Pollution can be dragged in from outdoors, but for the large part they are generated internally, from sources such as cleaning products, burning fuels, candles and tobacco, and emissions from building materials, furnishings, cleaning products, electronic equipment and toiletries.

The 2006 revision of the Building Regulations concerning ventilation (ADF) set performance criteria for several air pollutants, including VOCs, nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide, which building managers should be aware of.