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May 21, 2018
The importance of air quality in your building
Francesca Brady

Controlling air quality doesn’t rate highly on the priority lists of most businesses. However improved air quality can trigger many positive outcomes, even if the link isn’t always obvious.

Here is a short list of reasons why installing sensors that measure air composition and detect pollution is a smart long-term move that can help improve your bottom line:

 

Employee health

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) commissioned a YouGov survey, which reported that just under 70% of office workers feel poor air quality at work has a negative impact on their productivity and well-being. A third of the people who took the survey also felt poor air quality could be having a negative impact on their health.

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) published a report in 2016 entitled “Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution”. The study links air pollution to various illnesses including asthma, cancer, diabetes, strokes, obesity and heart disease. It concludes that air pollution could contribute to 40,000 premature deaths a year in the UK alone.

BESA chief executive Paul McLaughlin stated “Many people in the UK end up working more than 40 hours per week and, generally, we spend upwards of 90% of our time indoors”. “It is, therefore, crucial that buildings provide a healthy working environment.”

“More and more people are becoming aware of the inadequate ventilation options in their offices, as well as the negative effect this is having on their health and their productivity.

“There is a perception that a lack of windows contributes to poor indoor air quality (IAQ), but in reality, we need proper, well maintained air conditioning and ventilation systems in place. We need to make our buildings a safe haven for occupants, to protect them from the worst impacts of outdoor pollution as well as providing good quality, healthy indoor air.”

Healthier employees are happier employees, and are more likely to remain loyal to their employer and perform to the best of their abilities. Modern IOT technology has made it possible to monitor and therefore adjust the quality of various environmental conditions, including air quality.


Overall productivity

When an office is oversaturated with CO2, its occupants will be low on energy and take longer to complete routine tasks. 68% of office workers who took part in the YouGov survey reported lapses in concentration on a monthly (or more frequent) basis.

Ensuring that office air remains oxygen-rich throughout the day is one of the simplest ways to boost your teams productivity.


Prolonging Asset value

Atmospheric pollution doesn’t affect just people – the building itself can deteriorate if it isn’t properly ventilated or if it receives too much moisture. A functional air conditioning system can remedy this problem, but companies often struggle to control every office and storage room in their facility. Active measurement of air composition with a network of smart devices is a good way to prevent physical damage to the building and its assets.


Cultivating a Greener image

Successful companies are expected to behave responsibly and are rapidly understanding the need to provide optimal working environments for their teams.  

Aside from the obvious environmental benefits, gaining a reputation as a company that cares about the environment will enhance your brands image, provide goodwill in the local community, attract employees and can potentially present other opportunities.

Clean air not only enhances a Companies productivity, it is also beneficial to the health of your team, resulting in fewer absences. By reducing the number of sick days and ensuring availability of key team members, employers gain obvious tangible benefits.

The Asset Mapping system empowers FMs and estate owners to positively influence the level of pollutants in their buildings, improving the health and wellbeing of its occupants.

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