Indoor Pollution

ALARMING FINDINGS

  • Public opinion has for sometimes now been made aware of air pollution, mainly linked with human activities.
  • Our indoor air is on average 5 to 20 times more polluted than outdoor air. Yet we spend 70 to 80% of our time in confined spaces (source AFSSET, French agency for health security, work and environment).
  • We drink around 2 litres of water per day; this water is treated and controlled worldwide, while the daily volume of air intake is 18.000 litres.  30% of people born after 1980, in industrialized countries are clinically allergy sufferers and the prevalence of allergens diseases has doubled between 1981 and 2000 (source GINA, global initiative for asthma 2008).
  • In France in children under the age of 15, 10% of boys and 6% of girls already have asthma. It is one of the main reasons for absenteeism in school. In the rest of the population the number of asthma sufferers has gone from 5.8% in 1998 to 6.7% in 2006.
  • This pollution can have other effects on health, irritation of airway, eye irritations, headaches, intoxications even cancers or fertility problems (source INPES national institute for health and education, health and environment barometer 2007).
  • The current trend of developing buildings with low energy consumption increases these phenomena of confinement and pollution concentration.
  • The overall cost due to poor indoor air quality on public health is very important, around 10 to 40 billion euros per year only for France (source ENVIE , European pro-gram on indoor air quality).

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PUBLIC AWARENESS – MAJOR PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE

Environmental factors are keys considerations on public health. Progress in science and expert devices have given more precise understanding on human health from exposure to physicals chemicals and biological agents found in natural habitats, domestics and professionals. There are therefore no doubts that indoor air quality should be taken into consideration when making public health policies.

An ambitious policy to improve air quality wad decided during a meeting of the Grenelle on environment. To act on air quality has become a major issue on public health.

In practice it translates in concretes action (source Department of Ecology and Sustainable Development).

  • Enrolment in the PNSE2 (2nd national plan of health and environment)
  • Setting standards for indoor air in several steps:
  1. The emergence of a new norm for indoor air quality prompted by the department of ecology decree 2011-1727 of January 2012.This norm will be the reference for the next application for indoor air normalisation.
  2. News requirements for information’s by September 2013. Setting of a mandatory labelling for all goods showing the level of volatile pollutants emissions in ratio to standards.
  3. New requirements regarding the applications of standards by 2014.  The first to have to comply will be institutions for under 6 years old (crèches, nursery school, kindergarden etc. ..) and preschool nursery.Then it will be elementary schools, leisure centres and secondary schools and training centres and finally by an obligation for all other establishments welcoming the public (hospitals, retirement homes, indoor swimming pools…).
  4. New requirements regarding monitoring for the news standards – monitoring of indoor air quality must be carry out every 7 years by the owner or by the establishment manager . However, if the values are exceeded the establishment concerned will be subject to another monitoring within 2 years.

France is not alone working on this question as the whole of Europe is enlisted to improve air quality and put in place more and more drastic rules. For example, in Germany more binding news rules have been adopted since January 2013 on air emissions from some food processing industries.

It has been noticed that the concern is real and general. The path in indoor air quality is taken and the commitment irreversible as confirmed by knowledgeable authorities that are the OQAI (observatory of indoor air quality), and the ADEME (agency environment and control of energy). It is rather inconceivable that today outside air is standardized when indoor air, which is more polluted, is not.

In this share requirement Beewair has the ambition to transform your living space, today contaminated and dangerous for your health (saturation of our naturals defences the macrophages) in healthy regenerating area to give you more protection when outside.

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