Indoor climate and building pollution

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Poor indoor climate can cause reduced efficiency and absence due to illness. COWI can assist with identification of causes and definition and implementation of solutions and give advice on indoor climate during planning of new buildings.

Many people are indoors up to 90% of the time and are exposed to a number of physical impacts from the indoor climate. This may be gasses and particles in the air, temperatures, noise, lighting, etc that can sometimes cause discomfort and nuisance.

Typical symptoms

Typically, the symptoms are irritation of the eyes, the nose and throat or headaches, fatigues or reduced concentration often resulting in reduced working capacity. But even simple solutions can improve this situation by up to 5-10%.

Systematic approach
COWI helps to identify what causes the problems through a systematic approach.
Our services include:

  • Interviews and building audits
  • Measurement programmes
  • Assessment and possible solutions
  • Tendering process, supervision and monitoring during implementation

Our measurements typically focus on one or more of the following conditions:

  • Thermal conditions
  • Air quality
  • Ventilation
  • Dust and fibres
  • Bacteria and mould
  • Light and inflow of light
  • Static electricity
  • Noise and acoustics
Planning of new buildings


We advise on indoor climate during planning of new buildings.

COWI is certified in all areas of occupational health and safety consultancy, including indoor climate.

LAST UPDATED: 02.06.2017