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sexta-feira, 2 de junho de 2017

Health activists join EU building renovation crusade

"We need an EU indoor air quality performance certificate," stated Daniela Morghenti, a policy adviser for the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients' Associations
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“We have standards and certifications for energy efficiency in buildings in Belgium, but none whatsoever – nothing – for indoor air quality!,” angrily exclaimed the representative of a Belgian industry association at a European Parliament event on Wednesday (31 May).

The Parliament event marked the publication of the 2017 edition of the Healthy Homes Barometer, which measures how buildings affect people’s health.

According to the study, one in six Europeans – equivalent to the population of Germany – live in a damp our mouldy building, which doubles their chances of getting respiratory illnesses such as asthma.

“The entire respiratory system becomes vulnerable when exposed to poor indoor air quality, which can provoke the onset of various respiratory illnesses and even raise the risk of developing non-respiratory diseases,” the report said.
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