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29 October 2021
Towards a better understanding of indoor air quality holistically integrating improved and new instrumental analytical techniques
People in developed countries are estimated to spend 80-90% of their time indoors, where they can be exposed to poor air quality due from mold growth in humid air, as well as to the air pollutants that result from emissions from human activities such as painting, cooking, cleaning, and smoking. However, regulation for air pollution focuses mainly on outdoors and the indoor environment is much less well characterized or indeed regulated. The concentrations of many air pollutants can be higher indoors than out, particularly following activities such as cleaning and cooking. With increasing climate change impacts, related energy efficiency measures are making buildings considerably more airtight leading to the potential for even higher indoor pollutant concentrations. Therefore, to reduce our exposure to air pollution, we must consider air pollutant sources and sinks in both the indoor and outdoor environments and the role of ventilation in mixing air between the two, in order to mitigate through appropriate building operation, use and design. Cost Action 17136 INDAIRPOLLNET (INDoor AIR POLLution NETwork) tries to improve our understanding of the cause of high concentrations of indoor air pollutants. It assembles experts in chemistry, biology, standardisation, particulate matter characterisation, toxicology, exposure assessment, building materials (including green materials), building physics and engineering and building design performing laboratory and chamber experiments, modelling studies and measurements of relevance to indoor air quality (IAQ), including outdoor air chemists. This Action aims to significantly advance the field of indoor air pollution science, to highlight future research areas and to bridge the gap between research and business to identify appropriate mitigation strategies that optimise IAQ. For more information, please visit: https://indairpollnet.eu/
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