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New building codes and environmental sensitivities
Saturday 23 May 2009
A new set of national standards for the design of buildings is on the verge of release. Changes to standards in the past were important in improving access and safety for mobility- and sight-impaired people. But the new standards take no account of issues of building design which would improve the lot of people with chemical sensitivities.
A last-minute lobbying effort is under way to get the draft improved. Here's more about it below. Please have a go!
Attached is a letter [download here – Word document, 36KB] to the Attorney General's Department re the issue of environmental sensitivities/chemical sensitivities and the draft Premises Standards currently under review.
According to a recent letter from the AG the issues for inclusion are not closed so there is a chance we may be able to get ES/CS included, in spite of correspondence from the Human Rights Commissioner to the contrary.
Please either forward the letter by snail mail or if you do not like it an would prefer to improve it feel free - just write a letter to support the issues because we need hundreds of letters to get their attention.
Please pass it around to anyone with allergy, asthma, other lung disease, MCS etc who is bothered by biological contaminants or chemicals in indoor air.
I believe it is best to action this under the Building Code of Australia as initiatives in other countries re indoor air quality standards are not successful. Buildings get accreditations for indoor air quality but the qulaity lapses easily and the initiatives are not enforceable.
Clean indoor air is a public health measure as well as a disability access issue for those with ES/CS.
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