Press release

Fraunhofer WKI presents internet platform for indoor air quality at »Woche der Umwelt« (Environment Week) in the park of Schloss Bellevue

Braunschweig / 29.1.2016

German President Joachim Gauck and the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU) invite guests to visit the fifth »Woche der Umwelt« which is taking place on the 7th and 8th of June, 2016 in the park of Schloss Bellevue. With the help of an interactive exhibit, the experts from the specialist department Material Analysis and Indoor Chemistry at the Fraunhofer WKI will be presenting the internet platform IAQIP as well as research projects into sensory perception of emissions from building products.

In recent years, the topic of indoor air quality has gained enormously in significance, due to the fact that in our modern society, people spend time in the most diverse interior spaces within the course of a day. These include, for example, residential premises, offices and schools as well as publicly-used transport modes and buildings, such as sports centers, shops, restaurants and theaters. For the users of these buildings, potential sources and health effects of air pollutants are often of interest. Furthermore, there is an increasing demand for practical action and evaluation possibilities in publicly and privately-used buildings.

On the web-based »Indoor Air Quality Information Platform« IAQIP, users can obtain information on current themes from the fields of building and living in a modern and clearly-structured format. The IAQIP makes scientific content available to the general public in easy-to-understand language. The information platform is aimed primarily at end-users, but can also be used by planners and operators of private and public facilities which are open to the public.

Via touchscreens, visitors are able to reveal the content of the IAQIP website. Furthermore, the model of an emission test chamber visualizes the examination of indoor room products regarding the release of air contaminants. With the help of so-called odor ports, visitors can characterize materials sensorially and guess the source.

Co-operation partner for the presented project is the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).

A total of around 190 institutions from economics, science, civil society, politics and the media will be presenting their innovative projects concerning the environmental and sustainability topics of climate protection, energy, resources, soil and biodiversity, mobility and transport and building and living at the official residence of the Federal President in Berlin. These project presentations offer trade visitors an insight into the diverse variety of new, environmentally-friendly technologies, products, services and concepts which are available for the responsible shaping of our future. An independent jury, appointed by the Office of the Federal President, selected the best projects from the submitted proposals.

A top-class supporting program accompanying the exhibition completes the »Woche der Umwelt«. On the main stage, top representatives from politics, economics, science and society will debate in discussion sessions the strategic topics of the event. For more detailed discussions, around 80 specialist forums on current sustainability topics will additionally take place with 400 experts. The organizers are expecting around 12.000 invited guests from politics, economics, science, society and the media.

The Indoor Air Quality Information Platform IAQIP can be accessed at www.iaqip.org