First Asian Conference on ‘Indoor Environmental Quality’ held in Delhi!

VISHAL MALHOTRA / JITENDER PAL

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New Delhi : Growing urbanization and increase in population has increased the exposure of people to airtight buildings with accompanying health impacts.



With more than 90% of time being spent indoor, the Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) plays an important role in maintaining the health, well-being, & productivity of individuals especially in urban areas.

Indian Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ISHRAE) in collaboration with Society for Indoor Environment (SIE) and Indoor Air Quality Association-India (IAQA) organized the first “Asian Conference On Indoor Environmental Quality” (ACIEQ) today at Indian Aviation Academy, New Delhi.

Commenting on the poor air quality in India, National President of ISHRAE, C. Subramaniam said,

“Indoor Environment is an area that is not currently well addressed in the design and use of built environment in India and has not received the importance and traction that it deserves. India does not have standards for indoor air quality today and studies on the assessment of health impacts due to indoor air pollution have been rather scant and there are no third party certifications to know the efficacy of indoor air pollution control equipment.”

“In India, the numbers of cities are slowly increasing so the idea is not only to make it Delhi centric but a pan India approach. Air pollution is much more of a health issue now specially for old people and children. We need to ensure that we start working on national clean air program. It’s not only the government initiative our society who comes together to work them”, he added.

Major Themes that were covered in this Asian Conference were: “Indoor Air Quality for Urban Living’, “Adaptive Thermal Comfort” and “Occupant Performance and Behavioral Studies”.

ISHRAE with 42 chapters all across India, having more than 12,000 members and 10,000 student members has been working relentlessly on promoting Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) and has already come up with IEQ Standard which has been well received internationally and has been adopted by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC).

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