Call for IAQ certificates for buildings
Indoor air quality has already been added to the Commission’s Level(s) framework which measures the sustainability — and impact on well-being — of buildings and makes that information easily accessible.
“The principle purpose… of the strategy is to provide building occupants with healthy air… filter out harmful pollutants… prevent humidity and pollutants from indoor materials or activities… and focus on materials that minimise or avoid at source harmful emissions into the indoor air,” says the Commission.
In addition, as part of a 2019 package of ‘Clean Air For All’ proposals to tackle air pollution, the European Parliament has called for a compulsory indoor air quality certificate for all new and renovated buildings based on EN 16798-1 standards and WHO guidelines.
Policymakers are not alone in their quest for better indoor air quality. An increasing number of new Green Building Rating Systems are including air quality in their long lists of ‘well-being criteria’ and adding credits for good indoor air.
Established players such as BREEAM, LEED and DGNB are placing emphasis on indoor air quality, while newer systems, such as WELL are pushing interior well-being boundaries even further. Living Building Challenge and the DECLARE label, for example, insist on only using materials that do not contain any chemicals on the Red List — a list of substances designated as harmful.
How Knauf Insulation can help