LIFE SMART IN'AIR - Smart indoor air monitoring network to reduce the impacts of pollutants on environment and health

LIFE17 ENV/FR/000330

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Contact details:

Contact person: Stéphanette Englaro
Tel: 33632782799
Email: contact@inairsolutions.fr

Project description:


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 is 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 will also develop a new portable calibration system. Data collected by the analysers will 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 will 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 will 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 will be patented and a request for EC certification and an EU Environmental Technology Verification process will 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 will 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.


Results to be publishedat the end of the project


Environmental issues addressed:


Air & Noise - Air quality monitoring


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

Target EU Legislation

  • Industry and Product Policy
  • Directive 2004/42 - Limitation of emissions of volatile organic compounds due to the use of organ ...
  • Chemicals & Hazardous substances
  • "Regulation 1907/2006 - Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REA ...
  • Air
  • Directive 2008/50/EC - Ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe (21.05.2008)

Natura 2000 sites

Not applicable



Coordinator In'Air Solutions
Type of organisation SME Small and medium sized enterprise
Description In’Air Solutions (IAS) is a high-tech start-up created in 2013 to develop and commercialise air pollutant analysers for laboratories.
Partners THURMELEC, France MUNICÍPIO de FARO, Portugal Municipality of Thessaloniki (Dimos Thessalonikis), Greece ADVANTIC SISTEMAS Y SERVICIOS S.L., Spain Centrale Lille, France Institut Scientifique de Service public, Belgium COMUNE DI PADOVA, Italy Energy Agency of Plovdiv, Bulgaria Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France


Project reference LIFE17 ENV/FR/000330
Duration 01-JUL-2018 to 30-AUG -2022
Total budget 3,916,867.00 €
EU contribution 2,339,310.00 €
Project location Région Wallonne(België - Belgique) Yugozapaden(Bulgaria Balgarija) Madrid(España) Nord-Pas-De-Calais(France) Alsace(France) Kentriki Makedonia(Ellas) Veneto(Italia) Norte(Portugal) Centro(Portugal) Lisboa e vale do Tejo(Portugal) Alentejo(Portugal) Algarve(Portugal) Açores(Portugal) Madeira(Portugal)


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