Air Quality: improving indoor & outdoor air quality in the built environment

The links between poor air quality (AQ) and health, wellbeing and cognitive performance are important considerations for designers and building services engineers. The needs to protect from the impacts of pollutants from outdoor and indoor sources while achieving low energy ventilation and airtight buildings can be difficult to balance. Our expert panel asks the poignant questions – what are we aiming for in AQ? Where are the major hurdles and what can building services engineers do to overcome those? Where are the quick wins and how can building services engineers best manage the uncertainties in modelling and monitoring AQ?

Stream time: 10.00 – 12.30, Wednesday 22nd November 2017

Chaired by: Susan Hone-Brookes, Engineering Sustainability Leader, Laing O’Rourke

10:00 - 10:45

WC1 Air quality: what should we be striving for?

What are the risks which poor air quality pose to the health of occupants? What should building services engineers be doing to combat those impacts? How can we establish what constitutes good enough? What should we be striving for (materials, tech, health impacts) What are the challenges for the industry? Urban, neighbourhood, building levels – how each affects the others Continue Reading »


  • Dr Marcella Ucci Senior Lecturer in Environmental and Healthy Buildings - UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering
  • Dr Sani Dimitroulopoulou Principal Environmental Public Health Scientist - Public Health England
  • Tim Dwyer Technical Editor - CIBSE Journal
10:45 - 11:30

WC2 Air quality: what can building services engineers do to improve air quality?

There is a balancing act to achieve good low carbon, energy efficient, air tight buildings without reducing indoor air quality. This session provides building services engineers with some insight into proven strategies for maintaining air quality in buildings. The roles engineers play in the air pollution crisis: designing pathways, accumulation and sources of air pollution Pathways: the way a building Continue Reading »


11:30 - 11:45

Break & exhibition visit

11:45 - 12:30

WC3 Working with the uncertainties in air quality modelling and monitoring

Efforts to reduce the risks of low indoor and outdoor air quality are compounded by the uncertainties around air quality modelling and monitoring. How can building services engineers work towards a best practice approach? What are the limitations? Best practice: building trust in a region of figures Modelling: building the right knowledge & skills Measurement: WHO, what, where, when, HOW Continue Reading »