The indoor air pollution is as complex as the outcoor air pollution and hides lethal dangers for the human health.
Indoor air pollution is a complex issue because of the number of different factors involved, including the interaction between indoor and outdoor air, emissions from buildings and their contents (paints, furniture, heating and cooling systems etc) and human activities (cooking, cleaning etc.).
The most dangerous indoor air pollutants include formaldehyde and BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes). Exposure threshold values have been defined for benzene (5 µg/m3) and formaldehyde (30 µg/m3).
The goal of LIFE SMART IN’AIR is to develop a new generation of formaldehyde and BTEX analysers in order to monitor and improve indoor air quality that are five times smaller than those currently on the market. It will also develop a new portable calibration system. Data collected by the analysers will be made available to allow experts to assess and compare the effects of pollutant exposure on health. By identifying the sources of pollution the project will be able to test the impact of implementing actions and best practices to reduce or eliminate them.
Because of the wide range of factors that contribute to indoor air quality, this project will support the implementation of a number of EU policies that contribute to safe, healthy and sustainable buildings, including legislation on buildings, equipment and ventilation (such as the Construction Products Regulation and the Paints Directive), consumer products (e.g. REACH) and outdoor air (Air Quality Directive).
For more information on the project, visit its webpage: http://www.life-smartinair.eu/