BESA backs first WHO indoor air quality conference


The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) sponsored the first ever World Health Organisation (WHO) conference on indoor air quality.

The event, which took place in Bern, Switzerland on September 20th was titled: ‘Making a Step Change in Indoor Environments for Human Health’ and was co-organised with the Geneva Health Forum.

The chair of BESA’s Indoor Air Quality group Nathan Wood was invited to take part in the conference debates alongside other international experts in environmental engineering, health, and indoor environment research, as well as government officials and policymakers.

The BESA Indoor Air Quality group has produced three pieces of IAQ guidance which are free to download from their website, and is currently finalising a comprehensive guide to addressing mould and condensation in buildings with Mitsubishi Electric.

This is due to be launched at the BESA National Conference on October 12th – details of how to attend can be found at

BESA also offers an ‘IAQ Basic Awareness’ training course via its Academy, which provides a useful introduction to the subject. This short online course explains the importance of IAQ, the main airborne contaminants that affect buildings, their sources, the impact on the indoor environment caused by outdoor pollution, and some basic strategies for addressing poor ventilation. Please visit the BESA Academy website for more information.

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