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

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.
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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)

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JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 217 263,60

VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 299 698

DET NATIONALE FORSKNINGSCENTER FORARBEJDSMILJO

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 278 468

UNIVERSITY OF YORK

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 235 751

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 227 094

INSTITUTO DE ENGENHARIA MECANICA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 248 432

KING'S COLLEGE LONDON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 169 075

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 287 765,56

CENTRE SCIENTIFIQUE ET TECHNIQUE DU BATIMENT

France

EU Contribution

€ 159 806,44

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 119 496

ACCIONA CONSTRUCCION SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 51 275,82

EOTVOS LORAND TUDOMANYEGYETEM

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 99 456

PANEPISTIMIO IOANNINON

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 40 000

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELL'INSUBRIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 39 783

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 265267

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2010

  • End date

    31 January 2014

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 026 174,63

  • EU contribution

    € 2 867 121

Coordinated by:

PANEPISTIMIO DYTIKIS MAKEDONIAS

Greece