Future Urban Ventilation Network

The Future Urban Ventilation Network will develop a technical framework to enable a new integrated health evidenced approach to urban building design and technology innovation – The Breathing City.

We will create a strategy for a new holistic approach considering coupled indoor-outdoor flows in the context of current and future air quality challenges together with their impacts on thermal comfort, noise and energy use.

We will bring together researchers, practitioners and policy makers to understand technical and practice challenges, scope this new approach and develop a programme of research and impact activities that are needed to make it a reality.

  • New RAEng report highlights need to improve ventilation guidance as Covid-19 restrictions lift in England
    Leading engineers, including Breathing City PI Prof. Cath Noakes, say the importance of ventilation in the built environment is too often neglected, and have highlighted how the Covid-19 pandemic has emphasised…

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  • Survey: Impact of ventilation on energy, comfort and air quality
    We invite you to participate in a short online survey. Theme 2 (Health-centred ventilation design) aims to understand typical ventilation provision in a range of settings, and the resulting impact on…

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  • Open-source software to help cities plant in pursuit of clean air
    New software – the Green Infrastructure for Roadside Air Quality or ‘GI4RAQ’ Platform – has been designed by researchers from our partner network, Transition, along with experts in the University of Birmingham’s Institute of Forest…

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  • Success Story: CO-TRACE!
    Breathing City co-investigators, Dr. Henry Burridge (Imperial College London) and Prof. Paul Linden (University of Cambridge), with Prof Prashant Kumar (University of Surrey) are leading the COvid-19 Transmission Risk Assessment Case…

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  • Success Story: AIRBODS!
    Our Breathing City community are a busy bunch. Over the next few months we’ll be sharing some of the projects our members are involved with. Breathing City co-investigator, and Theme1 co-lead,…

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  • Clean Air Day
    Thu, June 17, 2021 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM BST Eventbrite As part of Clean Air Day 2021, we’ll be hosting an event around engaging and involving the wider public in…

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  • Experts call for a paradigm shift to combat indoor respiratory infection
    Breathing City’s Professor Cath Noakes, along with 39 other leading experts in the transmission of airborne pathogens, have published in Science today. They state “we need to establish the foundations to…

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  • Seminar series
    We have launched our 2021 Spring Summer seminar series. Every other week we’ll hear from a different person – we’ve tried to get all our talks to cover a wide range…

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  • New project partner: ASBP
    We are pleased to announce The Alliance for Sustainable Building Products (ASBP) is now an official partner of the Breathing City Network. The ASBP is a not-for-profit, mission driven organisation working…

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