A new UK law aimed at reducing air pollution will mean that public buildings in England and Wales will be equipped with a ‘smart pollution’ system, with monitoring equipment installed in their hallways and balconies.
The new measure, to be introduced this week, will mean the installation of ‘smart equipment’ to detect the presence of particulate matter, or PM2.5, at any given time.
This will be a standard feature of the new UK Air Quality Standard (UKAS), which will be enforced in all UK buildings by the end of 2019.
A new law introduced in Britain will make the installation and use of air quality equipment mandatory for all buildings.
The new measure will require buildings to have an air quality sensor installed in any public hallways, balcony or stairwell and will require an ‘air quality monitor’ to be installed in a ‘building’ to ensure that it is functioning properly.
It is expected that the UKAS will reduce air pollution by up to 20 per cent over the next 20 years.
This is the first time in UK history that an air pollution standard will be introduced that is being enforced across all public building spaces.
The UKAS was introduced in 2016, with the aim of reducing PM2 and PM10 levels in the UK, and is designed to help ensure the health and wellbeing of residents.
The UKAS is currently being enforced by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
Defra is responsible for setting air quality standards in the United Kingdom and is tasked with enforcing air quality regulations on public buildings and other properties in the country.