AIR QUALITY ASSESSMENTS
Air quality affects us all, and there is extensive evidence to show that poor air quality has substantial health implications, affecting the respiratory and cardiovascular systems. This has been recognised through various legislative acts, which has in turn influenced both national and local planning policy. As a result, air quality assessments are frequently requested by local authorities to support planning and environmental permit applications.
Air quality assessments can come in several forms such as an Air Quality Exposure Assessment or an Air Quality Impact Assessment. Furthermore, Air Quality Assessments may contain additional components for instance: an Emission Mitigation Statement, Air Quality Neutral Assessments and Air Quality Dust Risk Assessments.
EMISSION MITIGATION STATEMENT
An Emission Mitigation Statement outlines measures and strategies specific to a development that will be implemented to mitigate emissions. Damage cost calculations frequently accompany emission mitigation statements to indicate the level of mitigation required to offset emissions generated by a development.
Dust emissions are generated by various sources and pose a potential health hazard to individuals exposed to them. Additionally, dust may accumulate on nearby surfaces, resulting in unsightly fouling. To address these concerns, Dust Assessments have been introduced to identify and manage the impact of these emissions on their surroundings. These proactive measures serve to minimise potential harm to public health and protect the aesthetic integrity of surrounding areas.
AIR QUALITY NEUTRAL ASSESSMENT
The Air Quality Neutral Assessment was introduced by the London Plan and aims to reduce emissions by requiring that development proposals must be Air Quality Neutral. Developments are assessed in relation to two benchmarks: Building Emission Benchmark (BEB) and Transport Emission Benchmark (TEB). When NOx and PM10 emissions from a proposed development fall below these benchmarks, it is considered air quality neutral.
ABOUT AIR QUALITY SOLUTIONS
Air Quality Solutions is an environmental consultancy firm, based in Manchester, that comprises of a small team of IAQM certified air quality consultants. We offer a wide range of services which can be seen here. All of our services are delivered to the highest quality and we ensure clients are fully compliant with current environmental regulations. We pride ourselves in being able to offer clients a bespoke service at competitive prices whilst meeting deadlines.
We believe that everyone has the right to clean air and at Air Quality Solutions, our mission is to make this a reality. Poor air quality can have health implications and damage the environment. Therefore, in addition to the work we currently undertake to ensure clients are compliant with air quality legislation, we donate 5% of every assessment to the Earthwatch Institute to help fund further scientific research into improving the air we breathe. To read more about the Earthwatch Institute, please click here.