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Royal Colleges’ Report Links Indoor Air Pollution to Childhood Health Problems

Published: 04/02/2020

Vent-Axia has welcomed a report by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and the Royal College of Physicians on the impact of poor indoor air quality (IAQ) on young people’s health. The report, published in Jan 2020, says there is proof that children’s respiratory problems may be worsened by poor IAQ.

It links indoor air pollution to childhood health problems, including: asthma, wheezing, conjunctivitis, dermatitis, and eczema. The sources of indoor air pollution listed include smoking, damp, wood and fossil fuel emissions, dust, chemicals from building materials, furnishings, aerosol sprays, and cleaning products.

The report recommends tightening Building Regulations by: setting legally binding performance standards for IAQ including ventilation, maximum concentration levels for pollutants, labelling materials and testing appliances, air quality tests when construction is complete, checking compliance and assessment of buildings once in use.

Other recommendations include encouraging local authorities to follow the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance ‘Indoor Air Quality at Home’ and calls for them to offer free indoor air testing for residents, as well as a fund to support improvements for low income families. Meanwhile, to evaluate IAQ risks in homes and schools the report recommends improved resources for Environmental Health Officers.

Since 1936 Vent-Axia has been striving to improve IAQ for households.

The Sentinel Kinetic mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR) system boasts 94% heat recovery. Meanwhile, Vent-Axia’s Lo-Carbon Sentinel Kinetic Cooker Hood combines a cooker hood with MVHR unit. For private refurbishments the PureAir Sense is the UK’s only bathroom fan with an odour sensor while for social housing refurbs, Positive Input Ventilation, such as Vent-Axia’s Lo-Carbon Pozidry Pro PIV and Lo-Carbon PoziDry Compact Pro offer filtration up to ISO ePM2.5 70% (F7 grade).

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