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Smart indoor air monitoring network to reduce the impacts of pollutants on environment and health

Reference: LIFE17 ENV/FR/000330 | Acronym: LIFE SMART IN'AIR



According to the World Health Organisation, air pollution caused 7 million premature deaths in 2012, including the deaths of 600 000 people in Europe. A significant proportion of the EU population is exposed to high air pollution levels, especially inside buildings. Indoor air pollutants can cause cancer, asthma, allergies and other health impacts. Most European citizens spend over 90 % of their time in an enclosed or semi-enclosed environment.

Indoor air pollution is a complex issue because of the number of different factors involved, including the interaction between indoor and outdoor air, emissions from buildings and their contents (paints, furniture, heating and cooling systems etc) and human activities (cooking, cleaning etc.).

The most dangerous indoor air pollutants include formaldehyde and BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes). Exposure threshold values have been defined for benzene (5 g/m3) and formaldehyde (30 g/m3).


The goal of LIFE SMART INAIR was to develop a new generation of formaldehyde and BTEX analysers in order to monitor and improve indoor air quality that are five times smaller than those currently on the market. It would also develop a new portable calibration system. Data collected by the analysers would be made available to allow experts to assess and compare the effects of pollutant exposure on health. By identifying the sources of pollution the project would be able to test the impact of implementing actions and best practices to reduce or eliminate them.

Because of the wide range of factors that contribute to indoor air quality, this project would support the implementation of a number of EU policies that contribute to safe, healthy and sustainable buildings, including legislation on buildings, equipment and ventilation (such as the Construction Products Regulation and the Paints Directive), consumer products (e.g. REACH) and outdoor air (Air Quality Directive).

Expected results:

  • Production, demonstration and optimisation of two ultra-miniaturised formaldehyde analysers and two ultra-miniaturised benzene analysers, as well as two innovative miniaturised calibration instruments. These instruments would be patented and a request for EC certification and an EU Environmental Technology Verification process would be submitted;
  • Development of one mobile app to manage the collected data and to process or reprocess the data in Android and iOS smartphone operating systems. The application would also deliver information to the user on the direct risks for human health;
  • Reduction of air pollution by 25-30 % for both BTEX and formaldehyde in four demonstration classrooms, based on the implementation of corrective actions (following initial analysis), leading to 20% healthier spaces;
  • Delivery of a White Paper to enhance EU legislation and standardisation on indoor air quality; and
  • Development of a business plan to commercialise the SMART INAIR solution.


    The project was terminated prematurely and could therefore not deliver the foreseen results and impacts.


    Reference: LIFE17 ENV/FR/000330
    Acronym: LIFE SMART IN'AIR
    Start Date: 01/07/2018
    End Date: 30/08/2022
    Total Eligible Budget: 3,898,867 €
    EU Contribution: 2,339,310 €


    Coordinating Beneficiary: In'Air Solutions
    Legal Status: PCO
    Address: 1 rue Blessing, 67000 Strasbourg, 67000, Strasbourg,
    Contact Person: Stéphanette Englaro
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    • Air quality monitoring


    • indoor air pollution
    • chemical industry
    • air pollution
    • paint
    • air quality monitoring
    • public health


    • Directive 2008/50/EC - Ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe (21.05.2008)
    • "Regulation 1907/2006 - Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) (18.12.2006) "
    • Directive 2004/42 - Limitation of emissions of volatile organic compounds due to the use of organic solvents in certain paints and varnishes and vehicle refinishing products and amending Directive 1999/13/EC (21.04.2004)


    Name Type
    In'Air Solutions Coordinator
    Institut Scientifique de Service public, Belgium Participant
    Energy Agency of Plovdiv, Bulgaria Participant
    Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France Participant
    Centrale Lille, France Participant
    Municipality of Thessaloniki (Dimos Thessalonikis), Greece Participant
    COMUNE DI PADOVA, Italy Participant
    MUNICÍPIO de FARO, Portugal Participant
    THURMELEC, France Participant