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EFA: patients’ perspective on Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and its link to energy efficiency

In a recent conference entitled Energy Efficient Buildings – Healthy People HEAL member European Federation of Allergy & Airways Diseases Patients Associations (EFA) was invited to present on patients’ perspective. The aim was to link the need for energy efficient buildings and the need to ensure good indoor air quality (IAQ) for European citizens. Linking the two policies would mean climate change gets addressed and citizens’ quality of life would be improved.

Roberta Savli of EFA highlighted that although some progress has been made at EU level regarding IAQ, because it is a cross-cutting issue it requires more consideration in a variety of EU policies. Adopting a strategic approach is important as policy gaps need to be identified and necessary next steps defined.

Next year is the European Year of Air 2013 – the perfect opportunity to place the political spotlight on the issue. It will coincide with the European Commission’s revision of the ambientair quality air directive(2008) and the launch of the results of the HealthVent project, in which EFA partners. The Commission will have the opportunity to reverse current negative trends and grant IAQ the policy focus it deserves. EFA hopes that European policy-makers will issue a Green Paper on the subject.

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Originally posted on 9 July 2012

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