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Indoor air pollution linked to Alzheimer’s disease

Air pollution could potentially cause Alzheimer’s disease, according to a report by the University of Lancaster, with the research leading to fresh calls for planning and building regulations to be more focused on improving indoor air quality.

The study, reported in H&V News (‘Concern at possible IAQ link to Alzheimer’s’ – October 2016), revealed that magnetite nanoparticles from polluted air have been found in human brains and may cause Alzheimer’s – a degenerative brain disease responsible for up to 70 per cent of dementia cases.

While researchers have said that the findings are far from conclusive, the Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA) has expressed concern over the results while calling for further information. The Association said it was “deeply worrying” that indoor air was as polluted as air outside and admitted it had a role to play in protecting building occupants.

The University of Lancaster report is the latest in a number of recent studies proving the connection between indoor air quality and the wellbeing and cognitive function of building occupants. Clean, unpolluted air in occupied spaces helps improve productivity in workers and learning ability in students while reducing the length of hospital stays for patients.

Gibbons Ultraviolet Solutions, in association with BioZone Scientific International, has designed a range of ultraviolet-C (UVC) light systems that destroy contaminants in the air and on surfaces within occupied spaces.

These ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) systems can be installed in buildings such as offices, health facilities, hotels and swimming pools, helping facilities managers to improve the health, wellbeing and productivity of occupants.

One such system from Gibbons Ultraviolet Solutions is CoilCare®, which is mounted within an AHU and applies UVC light to the cooling coil. This destroys pollutants that thrive there, allowing building occupants to breathe clean, germ-free air.

Each CoilCare® installation is bespoke designed to fit any AHU, requires minimal maintenance and its continued use prevents contaminants from re-growing.

Find out more about CoilCare® by calling Head of Gibbons Ultraviolet Solutions Colin Hardman on 07940 544206 or email

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