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Ventilating and cleaning the air in buildings is a crucial part of enabling health and wellbeing of people. But it is so often ignored or poorly understood – and we usually only notice when there is a problem. Good ventilation can reduce exposure to air pollutants and infectious diseases, help us to perform better and be more productive, enable us to sleep better, and reduce mould and damp in buildings. We are launching World Ventilation Day #WorldVentil8Day. The intention is to use the day to put a spotlight on ventilation, highlighting why ventilation is so important, how it can be done well and to champion the organisations and people who work together to deliver good ventilation for health and sustainability. www.WorldVentil8Day.com Our first World Ventilation Day theme is all about Celebrating Ventilation #CelebrateVentilate. We want to shout about everything that is good about ventilation, how we can help people to…

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On 22 September 2022 the Breathing City hosting a half day event to explore indoor air quality for health with a particular focus on “Understanding AQ for health in different environments” – discussing the challenges of measuring air quality and ventilation and relating this to health parameters. We brought together a range of speakers including: We also heard about four pilot studies funded by the Future Urban Ventilation Network: Recordings of all four talks are available on our YouTube channel

On 28th September 2022, Breathing City (FUVN), TAPAS and ICP-ERG jointly hosted an in-person event in White City Campus, Imperial College London, which engaged discussions from academia, industry, and public policy around ‘Understanding IAQ for healthy buildings in a net zero world’ and focussed on early career researchers and indoor air monitoring studies. We heard presentations across a range IAQ topics including monitoring, characterization methods, ventilation studies, modelling, IAQ health assessments and behavioural studies. The talks were not recorded but many of the speakers were able to share their slides which you can access via the links below. Plenary speaker, Corinne Mandin who headed up the French IAQ Observatory, talked on the rising issues and future challenges of indoor air quality with increasing urbanization and a decline in biodiversity. Corinne emphasized the importance of IAQ monitoring and the challenge in identifying the key, emerging compounds. She also highlighted that an…

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We have designed a repository by interacting with network members and responding to the network’s recent activities. We have considered which information is most sought after and are looking at other relevant databases/repositories already available to avoid overlap. So far 20 datasets + 21 papers are on the FUVN repository.  Please provide your dataset/paper link into the Repository, through FUVN Repository New Entries (google.com). If you would like to suggest improving the layout of the current Beta-version, please complete the survey:  Survey of FUVN Open Repository (google.com).  The open repository is led by Pr. Zheng-Tong Xie

Breathing City’s Dr Abigail Hathway from the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering at the University of Sheffield has worked with artist Sian Williams to create a short video about ventilation for Sheffield’s Festival of the Mind. Festival of the Mind takes place across Sheffield from 15 – 25 September 2022 and sees the brightest minds from the University of Sheffield collaborate with the city’s cultural and creative industries, to help bring their research to life in exciting, entertaining and innovative ways. Free exhibitions, films, performances, workshops and talks across 3 venues exploring University of Sheffield research that is helping tackle some of the biggest issues impacting society and the planet. A celebration of ideas, culture and collaboration!

The CIBSE Young Engineers Network is organising a Student and Graduate Career Networking Day, taking place on 7 October in London from 11:00-15:00. We would like to invite your students to attend this day and ask for your support in promoting this day to them. It will be a great to opportunity for your students to meet future employers, secure summer placements and develop their soft skills. We have carefully curated a mix of organisations from across the Building Services Engineering sector for them to meet with. The day will include: Download this brochure containing further information on the day and a full list of the organisations who will be present, and posters for you to share with your students and on any student notice boards. The day will be free to attend for all your students, and they can register here.  We are also welcoming recent graduates (those within…

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On October 4th 2022, the “Every Breath You Treat” online conference will bring together (virtually) more than a dozen experts from academia and medicine to share cutting-edge research and insight exploring the effects of air pollution throughout the life course. There will also be the opportunity to get questions answered live by any of our expert speakers. This event to be the first of its kind focused on this subject matter in the UK. This online conference has been designed by Leeds City Council’s public health and air quality teams specifically for medical professionals, public health workers, and relevant academics anywhere in the UK. It has been accredited for CPD by both the RCP and RCPCH. From preconception, obstetrics and paediatrics at the start of our lives through to cardiovascular, diabetes, respiratory and cognitive health in later years—this conference will highlight the data and evidence available to inform medical practice…

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Thu, 22 September 2022 11:30 – 17:30 BST This half day event will explore indoor air quality for health with a particular focus on “Understanding AQ for health in different environments” – discussing the challenges of measuring air quality and ventilation and relating this to health parameters. We will bring together a range of speakers including: We will also hear about four pilot studies funded by the Future Urban Ventilation Network: To register for online attendance click here To register for (limited capacity) in-person attendance click here

In recent weeks there has been a flurry of publications associated with both indoor and outdoor air quality, respiratory health, and pollutant exposure. We have provided a short summary of a selection of these to help you keep up to date! WHO publication: Health and Combined Exposure to Multiple Chemicals in Indoor Air This publication closes the series on the assessment of children’s health risks from exposure to multiple chemicals in indoor air in schools, kindergartens and day-care centres. It provides a selection of evidence-informed risk-reduction measures that can be considered for implementation in public settings for children at the local level based on the results of health risk assessments. Guidance: Ventilation to reduce the spread of respiratory infections, including COVID-19 The UKHSA have updated a report providing guidance on the ventilation of indoor spaces to reduce the spread of respiratory infections, including coronavirus. It discusses what ventilation is and…

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5-6 July 2023, University of Birmingham The countdown to the Clean Air Networks Conference begins! We are delighted to announce the Clean Air Networks Conference, to be held at the University of Birmingham 5-6 July 2023. The conference is a collaboration between the seven networks funded under the UK Clean Air Strategic Priority Fund (Wave 2), the STFC Air Quality Network and the UK Clean Air Champions. The focus of the network is to showcase the work done over the past four years and to identify, as a legacy for the UK Clean Air community, the next steps for indoor and outdoor  air quality research and policy. The conference programme will highlight the cross-cutting themes and foci of the networks’ activities, presenting examples of their findings and collaborations with stakeholders. Delegates will also engage in discursive sessions to consider the implications of the networks’ findings and identify future research and…

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