26 Sep 2016

Health Effects of Modern Airtight Construction (HEMAC)

The HEMAC Network, hosted by the Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Research Unit (MEARU) at the Glasgow School of Art, and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, held its first symposium on 21st September 2016.

The network aims to bridge the gap between the fields of indoor air quality, health, sustainability and the built environment, providing a platform for discussion and collaboration while facilitating knowledge exchange to the built environment professionals.

fourwalls director, Ian Mawditt – a committee member of HEMAC, gave a presentation at the first symposium. Entitled ‘The State of Ventilation in the UK‘, Ian presented findings from his fieldwork, which includes evidence of poor performance in many new homes, and the impact on indoor air quality. There were a number of very insightful presentations given on the day, by both health researchers and environmental experts from across Europe. Some of the presentations can be downloaded from the HEMAC website.

A workshop to discuss the issues raised in the symposium will be held in Glasgow in November 2016.