John Libbey Eurotext

Environnement, Risques & Santé


Construction stage and indoor air quality: impact of construction processes on the health of future occupants Volume 18, issue 4, July-August 2019


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2 Univ Rennes, Inserm, EHESP, Institut de recherche en santé, environnement et travail (Irset)
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3 Agence qualité construction (AQC)
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The ICHAQAI project looks at not only the specific emissions of each construction product, but also the possible impact of the construction processes on the indoor air quality of the building once it is in use. These include the conditions in which materials are stored, the construction phasing, simultaneous use of different products, and the impact of containment and humidity. With the support of the French Environment & Energy Management Agency (ADEME), this project brought public health researchers and construction professionals together to achieve two goals: first, to look for contamination factors specific to the construction stage, and second, to provide solutions for construction professionals. ICHAQAI's findings indicate that there is a need for increased awareness in the construction industry of potential health impacts. Humidity management and ventilation systems, in particular, require changes in construction practices. ICHAQAI has made 97 recommendations for professionals that have been integrated into a management tool available on the Quality Construction Agency website.