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Alex Smith

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  • Comment on: Are our homes making people sick?

    Alex Smith's comment 14 August, 2015 9:33 am

    Really important research and essential reading. A couple of minor quibbles(!):
    - Energy efficiency per se isn't causing these problems, it's the strategies to mitigate knock on impacts that are falling short. This is made clear in the really sensible list of recommendations, but isn't reflected in some of the more emotive language in the opening and closing sections which I don't think is hugely helpful ("carbon-blinkered") and will be used as ammunition by those who would prefer to build to lower standards all round.
    - You can't say definitively that increasing levels of air tightness in new homes are behind the UK's high asthma rates. There must be so many additional considerations. There may be a link, but statements like that damage credibility.

    This is something the green building movement is taking seriously. See betterplacesforpeople.org for more information on an important initiative.

    John Alker
    Director of Policy & Communications
    UK Green Building Council

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