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Roadshow highlights business cost of poor indoor air quality
The UK is said to have the highest rate of illnesses caused by water systems, dampness and mould, ventilation and conditioning systems and building materials in the EU. A new campaign was launched last week to urge UK businesses to fit adequate ventilation systems that comply with European guidelines.
The initiative, launched by the Campaign for Clean Air in London and Camfil UK, argued that better indoor air quality can help businesses reduce energy costs and carbon emissions, while also improving the health and productivity of employees.
Simon Birkett, founder of the Campaign for Clean Air in London, said:
"The best air filtration systems can help businesses protect employees from 90% of air pollutants for up to 90% of the time. Ask yourself the question: does our ventilation system include regularly maintained air filters that comply with European guideline EN 13779 - and if not, why not?"
The new campaign is seeking to highlight the health and financial implications of poor indoor air quality, which can often be more harmful than outdoor pollution, according to experts.
The Campaign for Clean Air in London, which is backed by air filtration manufacturer Camfil Farr, is calling on businesses to ensure their buildings use ventilation systems with regularly maintained air filters that comply with European guideline EN 13779.
The next steps for the IAQ Campaign will be to urge the European Commission to make the EN 13779 standard a mandatory requirement for workplaces and non-domestic buildings. Camfil Farr explained why an increasing number of businesses are now buying its award winning low-energy filters, which meet EN13779 guidelines and offer a 25 - 50% saving in energy costs.
"Providing clean air demands energy," said Peter Dyment, Energy Consultant at Camfil Farr.
"Clean air also saves lives and money. We need air filters, but we also need to ensure they are sustainable and energy efficient".
Research has shown that a 10% improvement in the energy efficiency of air filters would save 3TWh of energy, a year, equal to 1.8m tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.
Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, Camfil Farr has 23 production units and research & development centres in four countries in the Americas, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.
It has approximately 3,350 employees and sales in the region of SEK 4.6 billion (c. £440 million). International markets account for almost 90% of sales.
27th October 2011