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Indoor air quality: launch of EU health-based ventilation guidelines

On 20 February, the HealthVent consortium will launch health-based ventilation guidelines for Europe. At the event in the EP, participants will also discuss the significance of ventilation guidelines for EU policies on health, air quality, energy, eco-design and buildings and consumers’ products.

This event, hosted by MEP Catherine Stihler will focus on a presentation of the health-based ventilation guidelines and their impact on ambient and indoor air quality policies as well as energy policies.

The HealthVent project aims to protect people in places such as schools, nurseries, offices and homes against health problems caused by poor indoor air quality, and at the same time will ensure that energy is utilised efficiently.

The 2013 EU Year of Air and the revision of the ambient air legislation mark an appropriate moment to stress the importance of indoor air quality (IAQ) and place it at the heart of the energy efficiency strategy. Europeans spend most of their time in indoor environments and a poor indoor air quality is responsible for 2 million disability adjusted life years (DALYs) in the 27 EU Member States conjointly every year. This consortium event will present the results of the HealthVent project.

HEAL member European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients Organisations (EFA) is a partner of HealthVent, and will provide the patients’ perspective on indoor air quality. Other speakers include senior researchers, policy-makers, representatives of patients’ organisations and other interested stakeholders. HEAL’s Deputy Director Anne Stauffer will provide some input on the policy perspective on indoor air quality.

More information available here

To register for the event please contact Roberta Savli roberta.savli@efanet.org

Originally posted on 7 February 2013

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