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21.10.2021, 21:21

Improve Health and Reduce CO2 Emissions in Commercial Buildings

Aircuity is marking National Indoor Air Quality Awareness Month in the United States by promoting better understanding of ventilation optimization in commercial buildings.


Credited with healthier IAQ and reducing carbon emissions in line with new standards which are being introduced nationally, and in cities and corporations, ventilation optimization has also been associated with improvements in the health of building users in line with recent World Health Organization (WHO) guidance on lowering thresholds for multiple IAQ parameters such as concentrations of airborne particulate matter.


Aircuity’s ventilation optimization strategy supports the recently released COGfx Study 3 results which conclude that there is a direct relationship between the level of PM 2.5. and CO2 exposure and cognitive function. For every decrease in the levels of exposure though ventilation and filtration, these results indicate, cognitive function will increase in equal measure.


As CEO, Dan Diehl, explains: "We encourage building owners and operators to recognize that you can’t manage what you don’t measure and consider a healthy ventilation strategy of continually measuring and managing IAQ to science-based parameters.


With the WHO’s recent Air Quality Guidance, the COGfx Studies confirming IAQ’s influence on employee productively gains and COVID-19 driving awareness of IAQ, healthy buildings have now become critical to not only protecting employee’s health and wellbeing, but also as a permanent driver of business and mission success.

 

Ventilation Optimization Reduces Carbon Emissions 

National Indoor Air Quality Awareness Month 2021 comes at a time when commercial property owners and developers are also bracing for more stringent regulations targeting inefficient buildings. New requirements now coming to the local and national levels will impose fines and other penalties for buildings that fail to reduce carbon emissions. Additionally, corporations and higher education institutions are also implementing new or enhanced carbon reduction and net zero carbon goals.


Diehl adds: “The good news is that building owners and operators do not have to choose between healthy and sustainable.


"Optimizing ventilation using Aircuity provides healthier air based on real-time conditions and can reduce HVAC energy use by 40 to 60 per cent in research spaces and 15 to 30 per cent in other areas, which reduces baseline energy requirements when targeting net zero carbon building operations."



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