Myth: The European Community is wasting money funding research into the smell of British workers and quantifying it in terms of a measurement known as an “olf” omitted by a “standard European person”.
Source: Sunday Times, The People (15 September 1996), Mirror, The Sun (16 September 1996)
Response: The UK Building Research Establishment is carrying out work on buildings which does involve smell. Between 1992 and 1995 the establishment did indeed have a contract with the European Commission under the Joule Programme but this programme deals with energy saving and alternative energy technologies.
The current research is actually funded by the UK Department of Environment and is a wide-ranging study into the problem of healthy or unhealthy buildings. The research does cover problems of indoor air pollution and improvements in office ventilation.