Architectural Charter for Healthy Indoor Air
The Architectural Institute of Japan (AIJ) was founded in 1886. Since then it has promoted the advancement and development of science, technology and art concerning architecture, through the mutual collaboration of its members. AIJ recognizes that "Sick Building Syndrome (SBS)" especially with respect to residential buildings has become a social problem in Japan Buildings themselves may have a considerable effect on health problems. We hereby propose the "Architectural Charter for Healthy Indoor Air" and make sincere efforts to provide good indoor air quality to prevent SBS.
15 May 2002
The World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe
published THE RIGHT TO HEALTHY INDOOR AIR in May 2000. In this statement
they declare that under the principle of the human right to health, everyone
has the right to breathe healthy indoor air. In modern life people spend more
than 90% of their time indoors. We have to give as much consideration to the
kind of contaminants that exist in the air we breath as well as we do concerning
food and drinking water. Building materials, adhesives, paints, furniture and
many other elements may represent the largest source of indoor air pollution.
We are now facing serious new health problems. Not only Volatile Organic
Compounds (VOCs), but also other chemicals such as anti-termite as well
as particle matter, fungi, house dust mites, and many substances having
the possibility to cause health problems. The design of sustainable buildings
and provision of healthy indoor air are fundamental issues concerning the future
of human beings.