Building Health & Care


THE ISSE IS A UNIQUE, MUTUAL, NOT FOR PROFIT, CHARITABLE, EDUCATIONAL TRAINING GUIDANCE/QUALIFICATION  AND INNOVATIVE SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT ORGANISATION which was founded in 1976 and is controlled by a scientist level management for the purpose of “Raising Industry Standards in the Pursuit of Excellence” wherever possible deploying a scientific evidence, consumer beneficial, environmentally friendly, common sense and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) orientated approach (rather than the traditionally self-centred manufacturer industry controlled trade association orientated approach that otherwise generally tends to pervade and dominate the industry policies).

ON THIS BASIS THE ISSE QUALIFICATIONS are awarded on the basis of “Professional Competence Assessment” (rather than relying solely upon formal examination based academic achievement) that are rated from level 1 to level 6+ (level 6 being rated approximately equivalent to a Bachelor Degree) and are independently validated and regulated for quality assurance consistent with the UK Office for Qualifications (Ofqual) Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) “Competence Rating Scheme” in partnership with the Awarding Body for the Built Environment (ABBE) which is part of Birmingham City University.

THE ISSE IS A FULL MEMBER (one of only thirty full members) of the Construction Industry Council (CIC) which advises the UK Government on construction industry policy, an institute member of the International Council for Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), which is the premier worldwide Heritage Conservation organisation and also a partner with the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) which supports numerous universities in respect of Research & Development (R & D).

THE ISSE IS ALSO UNIQUELY A PARTNER with the National Health Service (NHS) via the National Aspergillosis Centre (NAC) which is a Specialist Respiratory Health unit situated at the University Hospital, Wythenshawe, South Manchester, via the sister Institute of Buildings and Health (IOBH), with the joint objective of promoting improvement of not only the general human health and financial welfare of property occupants (in terms of a healthier and more economically functioning home and workplace) but also to the UK economy (in terms a reduction in demand upon NHS services) and the global environment (in terms of a reduction of carbon emissions) on a proactive intervention approach basis (rather than the traditional reactive intervention approach basis).

Regional Meetings

Regional and national meetings are held and a list of meetings and venues can be viewed on this site. Anyone interested in attending meetings or joining the ISSE please contact us.

email [email protected] .