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On the reduction of health effects from combined exposure to indoor air pollutants in modern offices

Objective

Modern offices usually have several sorts of electronic equipment and other dominant heat sources indoors, making them almost unaffected by local climatic conditions. Air conditioning and mechanical ventilation coupled with the often excessive levels of artificial lighting, require high levels of energy. At the European Union (EU) level, the Directive 91/2002, (EPBD), is a major step towards rational energy use. An important issue to consider regards IAQ. It is anticipated that developments in the field of energy use in offices will lead to its reduction through various strategies, including comfort/health standards and ventilation levels. In such a context and given the technological evolution of the functions and services accomplished in offices, it is time to address the issue of IAQ in offices. The participants of this proposal are fully aware of the issues described above and, particularly, of the difficulties to launch solid policies on IAQ, both generally and specifically in offices, related simultaneously to ventilation, energy and health. The uncertainties that justify those difficulties are derived from the lack of information regarding the toxicity of a number of compounds that pollute indoor air. Furthermore, the lack of knowledge of their indoor concentrations and exposures in the current conditions means that the real impact of these compounds on IAQ, comfort/ health and productivity in offices is unknown. The overall objective of the OFFICAIR proposal is twofold. Firstly, to establish a framework that will provide new knowledge in terms of databases, modelling tools and assessment methods towards an integrated approach in assessing the health risk from indoor air pollution, focusing on modern office buildings. Secondly, to support current EU policies, such as, the Thematic Strategy on Air Pollution and the European Environment and Health Strategy and Action Plan.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/databases
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/environmental sciences/pollution
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics/productivity

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2010
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

PANEPISTIMIO DYTIKIS MAKEDONIAS
Address
Parko Agiou Dimitriou 1
50100 Kozani
Greece
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 393 756,58
Administrative Contact
Petros Patias (Prof.)

Participants (14)

JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 217 263,60
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
1049 Brussels
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Iain Formosa
VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 299 698
Address
Boeretang 200
2400 Mol
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Hendrik Van Rompaey (Mr.)
DET NATIONALE FORSKNINGSCENTER FORARBEJDSMILJO
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 278 468
Address
Lerso Parkalle 105
2100 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Otto Melchior Poulsen (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY OF YORK
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 235 751
Address
Heslington
YO10 5DD York North Yorkshire
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
David Lauder (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 227 094
Address
Via Festa Del Perdono 7
20122 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Monica Gritti (Ms.)
INSTITUTO DE ENGENHARIA MECANICA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 248 432
Address
Rua Rovisco Pais 1
1049 001 Lisboa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sandra Gomes (Dr.)
KING'S COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 169 075
Address
Strand
WC2R 2LS London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Paul Labbett (Mr.)
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 287 765,56
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Johan Monster (Mr.)
CENTRE SCIENTIFIQUE ET TECHNIQUE DU BATIMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 159 806,44
Address
Avenue Jean Jaures 84
77420 Champs Sur Marne
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Isabelle Morin (Ms.)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 119 496
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Nicola Pirrone (Dr.)
ACCIONA CONSTRUCCION SA

Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 51 275,82
Address
Avenida De Europa 18 Parque Empresarial
28108 Alcobendas
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Miguel Angel París Torres (Mr.)
EOTVOS LORAND TUDOMANYEGYETEM
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 99 456
Address
Egyetem Ter 1-3
1053 Budapest
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Katalin Juhászné Huszty (Dr.)
PANEPISTIMIO IOANNINON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 40 000
Address
Panepistemioypole Panepistemio Ioanninon
45110 Ioannina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Isaac Lagaris (Prof.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELL'INSUBRIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 39 783
Address
Via Ravasi 2
21100 Varese
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Rosario Cumbo (Mr.)