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Clean air advocate joins BESA Wellbeing group to help drive IAQ campaign

Rosamund Adoo Kissi-Debrah joins HVAC group and vows to press government on IAQ

Clean air campaigner Rosamund Adoo Kissi-Debrah, who is the UK’s first World Health Organisation advocate for air quality and health, has joined BESA’s group for Health and Wellbeing in Buildings. The group is looking to turn buildings into safe havens from air pollution.

She addressed the recent BESA National Conference in November, where she urged the building services sector to get to take more responsibility for the health consequences of IAQ.

Ms Kissi-Debrah’s daughter Ella died in 2013 following a series of severe asthma attacks linked to air pollution near her home and school. 

She said: “People feel sorry for me, but they don’t seem to think this problem has got anything to do with them. Yet every action we take has a consequence for someone else. Everyone has a responsibility to do what they can to make our children safer inside and outside buildings, but the building engineering industry has a particularly important role to play because of the nature of your work. It is, therefore, so crucial that you don’t cut corners and don’t look for loopholes in standards and regulations.”

BESA Health & Wellbeing Group chairman Nathan Wood added: “Far more needs to be done by the industry before regulations are changed or adopted that will force people to act. Rosamund’s plea should make everyone involved with designing, managing and maintaining buildings wake up and face their responsibility for tackling this huge human tragedy. If you think the economy is more important than the environment, try holding your breath while you count your money.”

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