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Eight associations work together to publish Healthy Buildings for All

Eight European industry associations have collaborated on an Indoor Environmental Quality manifesto called Healthy Buildings for All.

The document has been published at a time when the European Commission is preparing to launch a plan to treble the renovation rate of the existing European building stock from its current 1 per cent a year.

The bodies, including cooling contractors’ group AREA and manufacturers’ group EPEE, say this Renovation Wave Initiative is a golden opportunity for improvements in IEQ, benefitting the health, comfort and productivity of EU citizens. IEQ brings together thermal comfort, IAQ, noise and other occupant comfort factors.

The Manifesto calls for minimum IEQ levels to be embedded in building standards, planning and procurement.

They say: “Healthy buildings must be a principal pillar of the Renovation Wave. Failing to provide for good IEQ now, via ensuring good air quality, a lighting design adapted to the needs of the occupants, sufficient access to daylight and views, and adequate ventilation and cooling, is locking in poor IEQ for another generation of EU citizens. Promoting the best thermal comfort, indoor air quality, moisture, dust and pests, water quality, noise, as well as safety and security must also be considered in the context of this once in a generation opportunity to holistically improve the built environment.”

The group, calling itself the informal Indoor Environmental Quality Gathering, brings together eight European industry associations, representing companies involved in technical building systems and their maintenance. They say: “Our objective is to collectively promote healthy buildings with an adequate level of indoor environmental quality.”

The bodies comprise: AREA, the European Association of refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pumps contractors; EPEE, the European Partnership for Energy and the Environment; EHPA, the European Heat Pump Association;  eu.bac. the European Building Automation and Controls Association; Eurovent, the European Association for Indoor Climate, Process Cooling, and Food Cold Chain Technologies; EVIA, the European Ventilation Industry Association; GCP Europe, the European association for building engineering services; and LightingEurope, the voice of the lighting industry.

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