PAS 3003 The Lighting Industry Association

The Lighting Industry Association (LIA) is the largest trade association in Europe dedicated to serving the lighting industry and its supply chain. It has an established reputation for working within standards bodies and with Government organisations to develop the quality, safety and performance of the UK Lighting Industry and UK lighting practice. 

Recent years have seen incredible changes in lighting, how it is created and used, with scientific discoveries highlighting the link between lighting, health and wellbeing. 

The LIA is therefore excited to be involved in the development of PAS 3003, with its emphasis on indoor environmental quality and the wellbeing of building occupants. 

Schiedel Metaloterm is the leading flue and Chimney Manufacturer in the UK and a world-wide brand. We strongly believe in providing innovative and tailor-made solutions for customers that are future-proof and energy efficient. Our recent level 5 certification mark from the “Clear Skies” organisation shows our commitment to improving the health and well-being of our clients.

The PAS3003 sits in-line with our ethos and we are excited to be part of the development process and are grateful to be included in the code of practice.

“The Low Energy Ventilation Network is a multidisciplinary group of academic researchers and industry experts seeking to define the research agenda required to support future approaches to building ventilation. The overriding goal of our Network is to enhance the health and wellbeing of building occupants; our agenda recognises the importance – and technical challenge – of improving thermal comfort and indoor environment quality, whilst consuming less energy. Our Network is therefore excited to combine cutting-edge research findings with their application by contributing to the development of this code of practice.”

“Above All, Cause No Harm”: A Building’s Pledge

The COVID-19 pandemic has heralded a new day for buildings. Before March 2020, the design and management of the indoor environment prioritized low energy consumption and high real estate values.

Suddenly this has shifted! The uncertainties around infectious disease transmission, mortality rates and our own immune systems have resulted in fear and confusion. On the brighter side, professionals in clinical medicine, microbiology and building design and management are now beginning to communicate.

A remaining question is how to design and manage buildings to not only decrease the threat of microbial pathogens such as COVID-19, but to also optimize the health and productivity of human occupants in all times.

The forward thinking, proposed PAS 3003 is essential to guide medical and building professionals in the creation of best practices for occupant heath. I fully support these efforts and am honored to be included in the committee.

The ECA are happy to actively support the creation of PAS 3003. A specification that introduces the idea of measuring the impacts on health and well-being performance of any size non-domestic buildings. 

Shahid Khan, Technical Manager for the ECA remarked, that the ECA’s involvement with the PAS shows their drive towards being a leading organisation with the wider built environment sector by embracing new avenues of work for their members. It clearly demonstrates a commitment towards improving the mental and physical health and well-being of occupants due to issues such as inadequate ventilation or poor levels of lighting. 

He went on to say that the PAS document is aimed at the majority of members within this space, as a straightforward easy to understand and implement framework to adopt and measure the impacts of both new and existing building stock on the health and well-being of users.  

The matrices within the PAS align with current thinking and in some cases can be shown to be leading other building performance standards with the input of very influential stakeholders.  

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) is delighted to be collaborating with many industry partners and policy makers on the delivery of this much needed standard.

BESA members have a huge responsibility for the health and wellbeing of building occupants because many of them deliver indoor air quality improvements alongside other measures designed to create safe and comfortable indoor spaces.

The Association takes its commitment to this work extremely seriously and has seen even greater focus on this area during the current Covid-19 crisis.

While health and wellbeing has always been a key consideration, there has also been considerable confusion about what measures to take and what levels to aim for as it is a very complex area. Therefore, the creation of a comprehensive and detailed PAS is extremely welcome – particularly as it will be the result of a concerted collaborative effort – and BESA is grateful for the opportunity to contribute.

Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) strategic objective is to lead, develop and embed a range of actions to support workplace wellbeing and colleague experience.  HEIW’s commitment is to make both HEIW and the wider NHS Wales, an exemplar employer in its support for wellbeing at work and is building on work already underway in the NHS.

HEIW as in improvement Organisation is excited to be part of this developing area of work.

BRE is engaged in a wide range of testing, assessment, advisory and research work into the quality of indoor environments in non-domestic buildings – be they offices, retail spaces, educational establishments, healthcare settings or other. This work may be conducted on behalf of manufacturers, developers, building owners, facilities managers or building users, or as part of research consortia.  During the course of such projects we have become cognoscente of the crucial importance of good IEQ for the health and wellbeing of building occupants, but often we come up against inconsistency or lack of appropriate benchmarks and standards for good IEQ.

BRE therefore welcomes the proposed PAS 3003, and its associated Code of Practice, as invaluable tools with which to measure, monitor and evaluate the various factors crucial to quality indoor environments.