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First-Ever World Ventil8 Day Launches

First-Ever World Ventil8 Day Launches
07 November 2022

An awareness campaign to promote the critical role of building ventilation has been launched by a coalition of scientists, academics, engineering bodies and environmental activists.

Tuesday 8 November will be the first World Ventil8 Day, involving a series of “in-person” and online events and discussions. One such event is a free webinar at 12:00pm GMT, where a panel of experts will discuss how good ventilation can improve health and wellbeing as well as protect buildings.

Its website ( includes a range of free resources including facts about the role of ventilation and different methods that can be adapted depending on the age, design, location, and purpose of the building.

Organisers are encouraging people to get involved by using the hashtags #WorldVentil8Day & #CelebrateVentil8.


Improving Ventilation for a Healthier World


The awareness day is led by one of the government’s top scientific advisors: Professor Cath Noakes OBE, Professor of Environmental Engineering for Buildings at the University of Leeds. BESA, CIBSE, IMechE and FETA are also involved, alongside international bodies such as ASHRAE (the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers) and UNEP (the United Nations Environment Programme).

The campaign will showcase powerful scientific and practical evidence demonstrating how good ventilation can reduce exposure to air pollutants and infectious diseases, which aids human productivity, improves sleep, and reduces mould and damp in buildings.

“Good ventilation is part of creating a sustainable and low carbon environment, by using technology well to balance air quality, energy use and comfort,” said Professor Noakes.

“It is critical to making buildings more resilient to health threats including our regular battles with the transmission of colds and flu around crowded indoor spaces.”

As well as showcasing the range of ventilation solutions available to building owners and occupiers, World Ventilation Day will recognise the skilled people who implement the measures and strategies used to make buildings healthier and safer – highlighting the need for training and recruiting more skilled people to take on this growing global task.

Picture: a photograph of a tiled wall with some climbing plants in pots, a ventilation pipe can also be seen. Image Credit: Pexels

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 07 November 2022


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