The design of buildings is becoming more focused on the wellbeing of occupants, creating comfortable and secure working environments.
The more aware people become of air quality being important to their own health, the more proactive they will become asking questions of how the indoor air quality is affecting them.
Indoor air quality can be affected by both outdoor and indoor pollution sources which can create an environment that can contribute to sickness, absenteeism and poor productivity. Reports suggest that over 2 million deaths occur every single year due to indoor air pollution of which, traffic associated pollution, internal pollution sources like mould and ineffective maintenance of ventilation systems are a few of the primary causes.
Air conditioning may be your preferred option to create a pleasant indoor environment and it is growing rapidly in response to more intensive building use. In the UK, around 40% of commercial floor space is air-conditioned and although this increased use of air conditioning does help IAQ unless the air conditioning systems are maintained and cleaned regularly, it could have a negative impact.
Air conditioning systems are often associated with increases in acute health symptoms often called sick building syndrome symptoms which include, irritation of the eyes, nose and throat, headache and fatigue. Whilst these symptoms are not clearly linked to a specific disease or pollutant, data available from office buildings indicate that the prevalence rates are greater among occupants of air-conditioned areas.
So, when you are faced with that question, "how good is the indoor air quality" how are you going to answer? At CPA, our air survey is the first step towards designing systems that help you control improvements in your buildings’ air quality. It will help you understand, control and evaluate the air in your building allowing you to make changes to improve the indoor air quality. We collate all the data and present you with a comprehensive report profiling the IAQ of your building and we can then assess and consult on best practice for air control, ensuring your business delivers energy efficiency, occupant well-being and remains compliant with IAQ health and safety regulations.