November 8 has been confirmed as World Ventilation Day, with the theme for the inaugural running to be “celebrating ventilation”.
The initiative was established by a group of ventilation professionals in the UK from CIBSE, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA), and academic researchers within the Future Urban Ventilation Network. Other organisations around the world to have pledged their support include the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the European association of refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump contractors (AREA), the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), and AIRAH.
The stated aim of World Ventilation Day is to raise awareness about ventilation, highlighting why it is so important, how it can be done well, and to champion the organisations and people who work together to deliver good ventilation for health and sustainability.
“We decided to launch this project after discussions with Professor Cath Noakes about raising awareness of the importance of effective ventilation,” says Graeme Fox, Head of Technical at the BESA.
“The pandemic finally allowed the rest of society to understand what we always knew – that good ventilation is key to healthy living. And with the onset of colder weather again – in the northern hemisphere at least! – it will be an increasingly important point to drive home. Hence, choosing November.”
The official launch event took place this week at the BESA National Conference in London.
“We very much hope that you will join us to celebrate everything that is great about ventilation,” says the BESA. “It is our intention that this becomes an annual event to highlight the importance of our sector.”
For more information, including how to get involved, visit the World Ventilation Day website.