IAQ News

Creating Healthy Buildings in 2021

As the year progressed, we continued to cover many IAQ-related topics. We stressed the importance of testing and monitoring in the ongoing fight against the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. We discussed the concept of self-healing buildings, which includes several building remediation methods and technologies. Over the summer we addressed the six pillars of creating healthy buildings and looked at a Harvard study on IAQ and cognitive performance. Creating Healthy Buildings As we headed into the summer months this year, the Delta variant of the coronavirus became dominant. Before this, businesses started reopening with many workers returning to buildings. However, many also decided that working from home was a safer option. Not everyone had a choice and a surprising number of workers stated they would prefer to leave their jobs entirely if working from home was not an option for them. In fact, in a post published in July, we cited a 2021 study, conducted by the Robert Half staffing agency, in which 34 percent of the workers polled stated they would look for employment elsewhere if ...
Read More

Workplace and School Safety Concerns of 2021

In early 2021 schools and businesses across the country continued to reopen even as the Delta variant of COVID-19 emerged in the U.S. This created school and workplace safety concerns. We covered topics that stressed the importance of air purification to restore worker confidence. We also discussed how schools used funds from the American Rescue Plan to address aging mechanical systems, and we ended with a call to businesses to raise their IAQ standards to keep occupants safe. Let's take a look back at some of these issues as well as the solutions we put forward. Safety in the Classroom In April we discussed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) that went into effect in early 2021. This plan provided financial assistance to businesses and schools struggling with school and workplace safety concerns. In particular, the plan included billions of dollars of assistance to elementary and secondary schools. This gave administrators much-needed help in their efforts to lower the risk of COVID transmission. Many school districts used these funds to update outdated and aging HVAC equipment. For ...
Read More
/ IAQ Learning Institute

Indoor Air Quality Concerns of 2021

Many of us breathed a collective sigh of relief as 2021 began even as we remained cautious about the future. However, 2021 brought new challenges with COVID-19 including new variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Other indoor air quality concerns resulted from buildings left empty during shutdowns. That included the growth of mold and bacteria like Legionella. Aging infrastructure and mechanical systems in schools also concerned many Americans in 2021 and we provided advice to administrators on how to address them. As 2021 comes to a close, let’s take a look back at the IAQ topics we presented in the first quarter of the year. Addressing Indoor Air Quality Concerns We thought a good way to start the new year was by revisiting some basic IAQ principles. We offered five steps facilities managers should take to address indoor air quality concerns. The first step was to understand the indoor environment as it related to the coronavirus. Data emerged in 2020 that suggested that the virus spreads through airborne transmission. Therefore, disinfecting surfaces and HVAC systems is critical to ...
Read More
/ IAQ Learning Institute

Air Quality Testing Companies are Not All Created Equal. Here’s Why.

Indoor air quality is critical to the health and safety of building occupants. The threat of airborne viruses, like SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19, only highlights the need for proper IAQ. The path towards creating a safe indoor environment involves inspection and testing. However, not all commercial IAQ testing companies are equal. In fact, many of these IAQ testing companies in Massachusetts outsource their field crews. It is far better to use a company that employs its own field technicians. Better still is a company that has its own A2LA accredited and CDC Elite environmental lab.  Commercial Air Quality Testing Companies Not all indoor air quality testing companies provide the same level of service. Expertise and innovation have created a huge gap between indoor air quality testing companies across the US. Therefore, building and facilities managers must choose wisely. Cutting corners on this important part of building health puts people at risk. For businesses, it affects morale and safety and for schools, it can affect student learning. For all commercial concerns, poor indoor air quality is a health ...
Read More

Hospital Air Quality Requires a Prescriptive Strategy

Hospital air quality affects the health of staff, patients, and visitors. Healthcare facilities managers looking to keep their buildings safe must focus on providing clean air. This helps reduce the spread of viruses and prevents the growth of mold and bacteria. Doing so requires a prescriptive strategy that includes monitoring as well as remediation. Why Hospital Air Quality is Important Hospital air quality is critical during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. It keeps patients safe and gives staff confidence that their health is important to administrators. While it reduces transmission risk, it also helps foster positive PR. Ensuring good air quality in healthcare facilities also keeps buildings in compliance with guidelines set by local agencies as well as the CDC, ASHRAE, and ASHE.  Creating a Certified Pure Air Indoor Environment helps hospitals build a health program on the six pillars of building health. Consequently, this holistic approach uses engineered services to monitor and improve a facility’s performance and safety through cleaning and restoration. Six Pillars of Improving Hospital Air Quality A prescriptive strategy for improving and ...
Read More

Related Posts

Categories

Archives

Upcoming Events