HOW SAFE IS THE AIR I’M BREATHING?
In our pandemic era there is a hyper-quest for validating safe and healthy work spaces. The Well Building Certification lists performance testing protocols rooted in evidence and expertise to validate various healthy building strategies. (See “Strategies From The Well Building Standard to Support in the Fight Against COVID 19”).
The AIR in the building is at the top of the list – and for good reason: people stay healthy and work more productively when indoor air quality is measurably better. And yes, the indoor air quality can be measured and validated using science based, peer reviewed standards. How do your work spaces measure up?
MONITOR, CONTROL AND REPORT
Today’s sensor platforms can:
- Monitor multiple environmental parameters, esp. carbon dioxide, particles and chemicals (TVOCs)
- Automatically modulate outdoor air quantities to assure healthy ventilation rates, but avoid high expense of over-ventilation.
- Use sensor data to validate effectiveness of IAQ interventions (e.g. filtration, UV light, room level air cleaners / purification devices).
- Report back to a dashboard, easily identify outliers, and validate healthy indoor air.
A DATA DRIVEN APPROACH
If you control outside air quantities based on reliable sensor input (vs. a constant volume of outside air), your “healthy building” strategy for controlling indoor contaminants is much more effective. You provide more air where and when needed to enhance cognitive ability and health. This real-time ventilation control strategy is also more energy efficient and may be eligible for utility incentives.
We have successfully applied sensor platforms in hundreds of spaces in buildings of all sizes. We know this application cold: sensor instruments and calibration, HVAC design considerations, automation integration, and available incentives. We’d love to help your operation achieve the same measurably positive results that we have for our other clients. (See Projects)
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“If managed poorly, [buildings] can spread disease. But if we get it right, we can enlist our schools, offices, and homes in this fight.”
– Joseph Allen, DSc, MPH
Co-Chair, IWBI Task Force on COVID-19 and Other Respiratory Infections: Resilience and Recovery; Assistant Professor of Exposure and Assessment Science and Director of the Health Buildings Program at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health