Indoor Air SIG Meeting | Monday 17 May | 2.00pm-4.00pm

The Indoor Air SIG Meeting will be held in association with the 25th International Clean Air and Environment Conference (CASANZ 2021) on Monday 17 May @ 2.00pm – 4.00pm via the online conference platform, Whova.

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May 17, 2021 - 2:00 pm

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May 17, 2021 - 4:00 pm

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INDOOR AIR SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP

VIRTUAL MEETING

The Indoor Air SIG Meeting will be held in association with the 25th International Clean Air and Environment Conference (CASANZ 2021) on Monday 17 May @ 2.00pm – 4.00pm via the online conference platform, Whova.

Indoor air quality receives very little attention compared to outdoor air quality which is disproportionate given that we spend most of our time indoors. Hence let’s discuss what IAQ activities are happening locally and what could happen in the future.

This informal meeting is for anyone who has an interest in indoor air quality.

Agenda

1.  Presentation: Indoor air quality – What’s the issue and what should we do? (Bill Trompetter)

The significant health impacts and costs for poor indoor air quality (IAQ) are likely to be comparable if not worse than those already demonstrated for outdoor air quality. Indoor air is generally more contaminated than outdoor air and concentrations can sometimes be by several orders of magnitude higher, with commensurately higher health impacts. The significant impact of IAQ is well recognised internationally by the World Health Organisation. IAQ v is the 8th leading global risk factor contributing to disease burden [HEI 2018] and WHO reported that “in 2012 around 7 million people died – one in eight of total global deaths – as a result of air pollution exposure. In fact, more deaths were related to indoor air pollution than outdoor air pollution” [WHO 2014].

Therefore, exposure and health risk from poor IAQ needs to be addressed similar to that of outdoor air quality. The public awareness and concern around indoor air quality issues and impact is growing.  NZ and Australia need:

  • An organisation or group of organisations to take responsibility or a lead on this issue.
  • A monitoring program developed for homes, workplaces and public buildings to determine what other issues there are and how widespread they extend.
  • To develop best practice guides, indoor air quality standards and an education program for how we live in our homes/work places and public buildings to improve our collective nation’s indoor air quality and our health/productivity.

2. Opportunity for another 2-3 short presentation presentations

       .If you would like to present at this meeting, please contact Bill Trompetter via email .

 3. Discussion (round the table)

  • IAQ activities/interest in Australia and New Zealand
  • Historical/current/planned/issues
  • Interested sectors (research, monitoring, remediation, National standards) 

4. Future activities of CASANZ IAQ SIG

Note:  Full conference registration includes access to all workshops/meetings and social events.

DATE: Monday 17 May, 2021
TIME: 2.00pm – 4.00pm
WHERE: Via the CASANZ Conference App, Whova
COST: Free