Air Pollution in our Homes is Claiming Thousands of Lives Each Year – Comment

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pollution sunset By Spring Reilly via Flickr

Gwyn Roberts, BRE New Homes and Communities Team Leader & Home Quality Mark (HQM) Project Leader
“A new report conducted by the Royal Colleges of Physicians warns that at least 40,000 deaths year can be linked to the effect of air pollution in the UK. The air quality of indoor space is often overlooked and the long term health impact of poorly insulated homes need to be more greatly recognised.”

“The Home Quality Mark was designed to ameliorate the wide range of health-related issues brought about by inferior quality housing – helping consumers make a smart choice with a trusted housebuilder when buying or renting a home. Air pollution has been linked to crippling health issues like cancer, asthma, stroke and heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and changes linked to dementia. Once more, these major health issues caused by air pollution are costing the NHS a staggering £20 billion each year. More needs to be done to tackle this growing problem and even small changes can make a difference.”

“The criteria assessed for the Home Quality Mark accreditation are based on the latest scientific research into air pollution. A healthy indoor air environment is underpinned by efficient air filtration, humidity control along with quality ventilation strategies and systems all of which are meticulously assessed in Home Quality Mark homes.”