Air pollution is a significant threat to our health, ranking as the fourth leading cause of death in the UK. While we often focus on outdoor air quality, we must not overlook the importance of indoor air quality (IAQ). After all, we spend about 92% of our time indoors. At Karsons Consulting, we understand the crucial role IAQ plays in our well-being and aim to shed light on this vital topic.
Implications of Poor Indoor Air Quality
Poor IAQ can stem from indoor pollutants and outdoor contaminants infiltrating our buildings. It leads to physical issues like dampness, mould, and rot, as well as health problems such as asthma and reduced productivity. We are keenly aware of the negative impact inadequate IAQ can have on occupants' lives and strive to address these concerns.
Benefits of Improved Indoor Air Quality
By improving air quality within buildings, we can enhance the well-being of occupants. Our expertly designed mechanical ventilation systems effectively filter out dust, allergens, and pollutants, ensuring a continuous supply of fresh and comfortable air. Through careful ventilation and maintenance strategies, we create an indoor environment that fosters occupant well-being and productivity.
Government Focus on IAQ
Recognizing the significant impact of air quality on human health, both the UK government and the World Health Organization have conducted studies emphasising the importance of clean air. While regulations exist for outdoor air quality, there is less focus on indoor air quality, and no single government department is responsible for setting guidelines or legislation in this area. Although legal standards exist for ventilation levels in buildings, there are no mandated limits for particulate matter or volatile organic compounds (VOCs). To address this issue, organisations like the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) advocate for the establishment of legal standards for IAQ and mandatory air quality monitoring.
Building Regulations and IAQ
Although there is a lack of specific legislation, recent updates to the Building Regulations have sought to address IAQ concerns. Published in December 2021, these updates take a fresh approach to ventilation in modern commercial buildings, with a focus on minimising external air pollutants, monitoring air quality, and implementing filtration systems. The revised regulations also emphasise energy-efficient solutions and the effective management of IAQ to achieve near-zero energy consumption. For the residential sector, regulations highlight the need to consider overheating during the design and construction process, encouraging the adoption of energy-efficient mechanical ventilation systems with heat recovery (MVHR).
Navigating IAQ Solutions: A Worthwhile Challenge
We understand that selecting the right IAQ solutions can be overwhelming. At Karsons Consulting, we are here to help you navigate through the options. Our team of experts will guide you in choosing the most suitable and effective IAQ solutions for your specific needs.
Indoor Air Quality is a crucial aspect of building design and management, directly influencing the health and well-being of occupants. At Karsons Consulting, we place a strong emphasis on IAQ and actively support initiatives for improved regulations. By staying informed, advocating for legal standards, and providing personalised guidance, we ensure that the air you breathe in your indoor spaces is clean, healthy, and conducive to a better quality of life.
If you have any questions or concerns about the air quality in your building, please don't hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 020 3282 7605.