Indoor air quality

In Britain and Western Europe we spend on average 80-90% of our time indoors and the indoor environment may influence the health, comfort and productivity of occupants in buildings. Comfort can be defined as that condition of mind which expresses satisfaction with the environment. Health and comfort in the built environment is a multidisciplinary issue involving various specialists who bring together expertise on health, comfort, air quality and environmental monitoring and control.

Every year in the UK thousands of days of work are lost through sickness absence. Several studies have shown that many building owners and users are not satisfied with the comfort of their workstations and some building health problems, such as sick building syndrome (SBS) and allergic reactions to the indoor environment, result in reduced productivity, lowered morale and absence from work.

Monitoring indoor air quality can lead to identification of problem areas and the subsequent development of strategies to improve building management.

This section is maintained by Dr Jagjit Singh of Environmental Building Solutions Ltd.

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