Eurima – the European Insulation Manufacturers Association -, has commissioned a report on the benefits that building insulation has on, not only indoor air quality, but on the air we breathe outdoors.
The report looks at the effects on outdoor air pollution, and how this translates into avoided health problems and related social costs.
An annual retrofit rate of 2% through an improved insulation scenario would also benefit the 80 million Europeans living in damp and leaky buildings, which create mould and mildew. The presence of mould almost doubles the risk of infection and can also trigger asthma attacks. Renovating buildings - where Europeans spend 90% of their time-, to take indoor climate into account, can boost indoor air quality, in parallel to outdoor air quality, and general comfort.
As the EU sets out to review the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) and Energy Performance in Buildings Directive (EPBD), it is essential that the multiple co-benefits such as air quality are adequately assessed.