Estate agents urged to tell buyers about air pollution

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Estate agents have been urged to robotically disclose air pollution figures to residence buyers.

The business commerce physique stated offering this data ought to now be commonplace apply.

“Air quality is now public information, and it will never not be again,” stated Mark Hayward, chief govt of NAEA Propertymark.

His feedback got here as a brand new web site was launched which particulars air pollution by postcode.

The web site, referred to as, makes use of information from King’s College London to give the extent of nitrogen dioxide.

House worth hit?

The web site has been created by the Central Office of Public Interest (COPI), a not-for-profit marketing campaign, the Times newspaper reviews.

The web site is at present restricted to properties in London. It reveals the focus of nitrogen dioxide within the air and compares it to the World Health Organization’s annual authorized restrict of 40 micrograms per cubic metre.

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Image caption Nitrogen dioxide is created when petrol and diesel is burnt

Long time period publicity to excessive concentrations of the fuel have been linked to early deaths.

More and extra individuals are excited by air high quality when it comes to selecting the place to dwell, stated Henry Pryor, a shopping for agent of 33 years.

He says he has included pollution information in his reviews for purchasers for the final 5 years.

Electric car enchancment

People excited by air high quality in all probability will not ask for reductions, however as a substitute shun a specific space, which can depress costs, he stated.

“It’s not going to be a negotiating tool, it’s going to be an informative tool.”

Air high quality could enhance as extra automobiles change into electrical.

The variety of electrical car fashions accessible to shoppers in Europe is predicted to triple by 2021, the European Federation for Transport and Environment stated in July.

This shift might assist areas with excessive pollution, stated Mr Pryor.

His purchasers in London typically look to the town’s congestion cost zone for cleaner air, he stated, in addition to properties close to the town’s parks.

“More and more people are interested in what they are breathing,” he stated.

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