29 January 2020 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
The government must develop a national strategy that sets indoor air quality standards, according to a major report on the health effects of indoor air quality on children and young people.
The study by a project group comprised of the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and led by world expert on asthma, Professor Stephen Holgate, finds that current regulations for buildings place emphasis on energy efficiency and contain few specific standards for air quality.
The study reviews the outcomes and effects relating to physical and mental health of indoor pollutants on children at ages 0-18 years.
The working group recommends that central government and local authorities should: introduce emissions labelling of household products and building materials; give clear information for the public, local authorities, building professions and child health professions; establish a process for people in rented and social housing to report indoor air quality problems; and provide assistance for necessary improvements.
It also advocates that certain groups including architects, designers and the building professions should be provided with advice and information about the risks of poor indoor air quality and ways to prevent it.
The full report can be found here.