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National Clean Air Day: UK government under pressure to improve IAQ standards

As the inaugural National Clean Air Day is today marked across the UK, the latest issue of H&V News highlights the growing pressure on the government to deliver higher indoor air quality (IAQ) standards, supported by some troubling statistics.

The article (‘Pressure grows to create better IAQ standards’ – June 2017) states that the number of deaths in the UK attributed to air pollution is 64 times higher than in Sweden – at 25.7 deaths per 100,000 people.

There has been widespread dismay that the government did not include IAQ measures in its Clean Air Plan, with the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) demanding a distinct IAQ standard be created by multiple industry bodies.

Allowing building occupants to breathe poor-quality indoor air exposes them to the risk of developing lung conditions such as bronchial asthma, along with aggravation of eczema symptoms. This can cause a reduction in productivity, increased absenteeism and a rise in staff turnover rates. 

While the wait continues for IAQ to be properly tackled at a high level, innovative solutions exist that help to improve the problem in occupied spaces such as offices, hotels, healthcare facilities and schools.

These include pioneering systems such as those provided by Gibbons Ultraviolet Solutions, which use powerful ultraviolet-C (UVC) light to remove pollutants such as mould, germs and bacteria from the air and on surfaces within buildings.

The flagship product within the chemical-free Gibbons Ultraviolet Solutions range is CoilCare®, a low-maintenance system that uses UVC photoniser lamps mounted within the air handling unit (AHU) of a building’s HVAC system to destroy contaminants on the cooling coil surface and in the surrounding air.

The system prevents pollutants from entering occupied spaces while returning AHU performance to as-new. This improves energy efficiency and equipment lifespan, while continued use prevents re-accumulation.

CoilCare® provides peace of mind to building managers that occupants are inhaling sterile, healthy air, while quick return on investment via energy savings makes it an affordable solution.

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

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