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Healthy Buildings: Breathing Easy Indoors

While outdoor air quality gets a lot of attention, indoor air can be surprisingly more polluted. This can impact our health and wellbeing, how can technology improve indoor air quality?


The Problem: Hidden Indoor Air Pollution

  • Studies show people are often surprised to learn indoor air can be worse than outdoor air.

  • The EPA says indoor air can be up to five times more polluted.

  • Common indoor pollutants include:

  • Carbon Dioxide (CO2) - high levels can cause drowsiness and headaches.

  • Humidity - extremes can lead to triggering allergies and respiratory problems.

  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) - emitted from paints, cleaning supplies, furniture, etc. - can irritate eyes, nose, and throat and cause headaches.

  • Fine particles - from candles, fireplaces, or smoking - can increase risk of cardiovascular and respiratory issues.


The Solution: Building Management Systems (BMS)

  • A well-functioning BMS is crucial for occupant health and well-being.

  • It can:

  • Reduce the risk of spreading viruses and bacteria.

  • Alert occupants to air quality problems.

  • Provide occupants with some control over their environment.


Proactive Solutions for Healthy Buildings

  • Managing indoor air quality is a key function of a good BMS.

  • Sensors can:

  • Detect occupancy levels and adjust ventilation accordingly.

  • Monitor CO2 and VOC levels and provide air quality feedback to occupants.

  • Improve energy efficiency by optimising ventilation based on occupancy.


AI for Building Wellness

  • Artificial intelligence (AI) is playing a growing role in building management.

  • AI can analyse building data to optimize systems like:

  • Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC)

  • Lighting

  • Cleaning schedules

  • Catering services


The Takeaway: Healthy, Efficient Buildings

  • Occupant well-being should be central to building design and operation.

  • Technology like Distech Controls' DC Space solution can create healthy, energy-efficient buildings.

  • This approach provides occupants with clean air while meeting sustainability goals.


Get in contact with us if you would like further information or require design assistance: https://www.itsconsultancy.co.uk/


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