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OFFICAIR

On the reduction

of health effects from

combined exposure

to indoor pollutants

in Modern Offices

OFFICAIR Final Workshop Announcement

 

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ANNOUNCEMENT

Project Final Workshop

On the reduction of health effects from combined exposure to indoor air pollutants in modern offices

Maria Baers auditorium,

Martelaarsplein/Place des Martyrs 7, 1000 Brussels

October 22, 2013

 

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to announce our upcoming Final Workshop “On the reduction of health effects from combined exposure to indoor air pollutants in modern offices” which is to be held in Brussels on October 22nd, 2013 at the Maria Baers auditorium. The OFFICAIR workshop is funded by the European Union, in the 7th Framework Program under the Theme: ENV.2010.1.2.2-1.

The attendees have to cover their own expenses and stay. The workshop will cover coffee breaks and a light lunch.

 

If you wish to participate, please send your filled participation form by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

We would appreciate it if you would register early as places are limited.

For further information, please contact:

Prof. John G. Bartzis

Department of Mechanical Engineering

University of Western Macedonia

Sialvera and Bakola Str.

50100 Kozani, Greece

Tel: +30 24610 56624

Fax: +30 24610 21730

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website: http://www.mech.uowm.gr/

 

Please click here for the preliminary Workshop program and the Participation form.

 

We look forward to welcoming you in Brussels.

 

The Project’s overall objective

 

The aim of OFFICAIR is to clarify, study and describe possibilities on the reduction of health effects from combined exposure to indoor air pollutants in modern offices.

 

The overall objective of OFFICAIR is twofold. Firstly, to establish a framework that will provide new knowledge in terms of databases, modelling tools and assessment methods towards an integrated approach in assessing the health risk from indoor air pollution, focusing on modern office buildings. Secondly, to support current EU policies, such as, the Thematic Strategy on Air Pollution and the European Environment and Health Strategy and Action Plan.

 

The Project’s Scientific and technical objectives

The OFFICAIR project aims to:

  1. Develop a European database that will include all relevant information on indoor air pollution and its impact, in terms of concentrations, sources and emissions, exposures and health effects. This will be achieved as a dynamic interaction between existing databases and the progress made over the course of the project.
  2. Identify new, health relevant, primary and secondary pollutants that originate from indoor sources present in typical modern office environments, using novel detection methods and analysis techniques that go beyond the state-of-the-art.
  3. Inventory and identify associations (events and sources) that have been identified as possible sources of IAQ problems in European modern offices, via a field investigation in 160 buildings across Europe (through questionnaires and IAQ monitoring). This includes, on the building side, the description of systems, the assessment of the physical, chemical and current biological parameters and, on the occupants side, the perception of comfort and the evaluation of consequent exposures and health effects for the time spent indoors, as described below.
  4. Assess possible synergies of ozone-initiated pollutants (i.e. combined exposure) in office air and emitted from office equipment. A number of hypotheses will be studied, which focuses on the potential toxicity of pollutants (VOCs, reactive particles and radicals), acute, as well as, long-term, caused by ozone-initiated reactions occurring in modern offices. The studies that will be undertaken intend to address these issues in an integrated manner by combination of biological characterisation, in vitro and in vivo studies.
  5. Set up an integrated modelling system to link emissions of key pollutants (ozone, primary VOCs and particles) and major secondary indoor pollutants, which are known for their adverse health effects, to their concentrations and eventually to the assessment of the exposure of office workers, via a suite of modelling tools. This work will be validated against the monitoring data from the campaign. Its use in the context of this project will be to further support the interpretation and justification of the procedures involved, and assist with the extrapolation of the results.
  6. Evaluate the health effects of indoor air pollution under different conditions in modern office buildings in Europe, through the study of the associations between health effects, the perceived IAQ by European office workers and their exposure to selected and prioritised indoor air pollutants.
  7. Make recommendations for IAQ policies in modern office buildings across Europe, and propose adjustments to the current practices and techniques resulting from the development in equipment and spaces organisation of offices. This will include the identification of research gaps related to health and the indoor environment.

 

The Final Workshop

The Final Workshop is organized with the aim to:

  1. Discuss the project achievements;
  2. Disseminate  the obtained results;
  3. Identify the opportunities for exploitation, after the formal completion of the project, by policy makers, health professionals and relevant stakeholders, as well as to receive feedback from them.