Breathe easy with ECEX Air Intake Screens
One of our industry’s leading trade associations, the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA), has called for any proposed new Clean Air Act should include measures supporting the role of buildings as ‘safe havens’ from pollution.
This follows reports that a coalition of environmental campaigners, health bodies and industry groups has launched a campaign to force the government to take urgent action on air pollution by creating new legislation 60 years after the original Act was created to tackle urban smog.
The group includes Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, the Royal College of Physicians, the British Lung Foundation and environmental lawyer ClientEarth.
And the need for action is pressing – British Lung Foundation chief executive Dr Penny Woods said air pollution was now a public health crisis, contributing up to 40,000 early deaths a year across the UK.
She said: “Toxic air is a risk to everyone, but hits those with a lung condition, children and the elderly hardest. We need a new, fair and ambitious Clean Air Act, with targets to slash pollution levels across the country and to remove the most polluting vehicles from our towns and cities.”
BESA believes much could also be achieved by focusing on how building occupants can be protected from rising external pollution. BESA chief executive Paul McLaughlin said: “A series of low cost, maintenance measures to ensure ventilation systems work properly and incoming air is filtered and cleaned would make a major difference to the health and well-being of building occupants.”
This is a crucial point. Taking action to cut toxic emissions from vehicles and industrial processes is critical, but it will take years to produce results and involve major long-term investment.
Improving building ventilation, on the other hand, is a quick, inexpensive and relatively painless process that can be tackled today to help protect people in the intervening period.
As well as the direct ventilation and air conditioning measures to help provide the safe havens BESA suggests, there are also powerful indirect measures you can take.
For example, clogging of HVAC equipment by airborne debris restricts the movement of air means plant has to work harder to draw in its required airflow, costing more money to run and increasing the risk of breakdown and downtime.
ECEX Air Intake Screens help prevent these problems. These long lasting, weather-resistant filters are designed specifically for high velocity airflow applications such as chillers, dry air coolers, air handling units, cooling towers and air conditioning units.
Distributed by ECEX across the UK and Europe, Air Intake Screens can be quickly installed to most HVAC plant as each one is individually made-to-measure for their respective applications. With long product warranties, these highly durable filters can be cleaned by simply using a soft brush, hose or vacuum.
Find out more about ECEX Air Intake Screens in this video.