This summer, Desso will have a stand at the 2013 edition of Green Week, the biggest annual conference on European environment policy, taking place from 4 to 7 June at the Egg Conference Centre in Brussels. With thousands of participants Desso will be able to contribute to the debate on improving health and wellbeing through better Indoor Air Quality.
At a recent EEB Conference (European Environmental Bureau), Janez Potonik, the European Commissioner for the Environment said that the EU's latest analysis estimated 420,000 premature deaths from air pollution in the EU in 2010.
"We spend 90% of our time indoors on average and so the issue of indoor air quality is crucial to us," says DESSO CEO Alexander Collot d'Escury. "That is why Desso's vision is to 'Make the Floor work for our health and wellbeing'. We must do everything we can as providers to the built environment to make sure people's lives are enhanced."
The World Health Organisation estimates that more than 2 million people die every year from breathing in tiny particles present in indoor and outdoor air pollution.
Better indoor air also boosts worker productivity. A Californian study by William Fisk from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory demonstrated that the economic impacts of increased productivity from improved IAQ, can improve office worker productivity by 0.5 to 5 per cent, with estimated savings of $20 to $200 billion.
The European Environment Agency estimates that bad air quality costs €630 billion for health care and €169 billion for lost productivity every year.
"We have been told that organisations can substantially reduce the incidence of workplace sickness by improving indoor air quality," says Collot d'Escury. "In large companies this can lead to significant cost savings and big improvements in productivity."
"The aim of our Great Indoors campaign," adds Collot d'Escury, "is to focus people's minds on the importance of improving the conditions of the places where we all spend so much of our time. This year our focus is on the critical issue of indoor air quality. We hope to stimulate debate and spark off new ideas in the business and design community about how to make products and buildings that maximise people's health and wellbeing."