As the new year dawns, we spoke with some leading industry voices to get a better sense of the promise and potential pitfalls they see ahead.
Outdoor air ventilation is required in building codes and standards to dilute indoor concentrations of indoor-generated pollutants. Lower outdoor air ventilation rates are associated with decreases in satisfaction with indoor air quality (IAQ) and increases in building-related health symptoms in office workers. Reductions in office and schoolwork performance and increased absence rates have also been demonstrated at lower ventilation rates. Despite the evidence of the importance of ventilation,
Poor IAQ has been linked to symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, tiredness, and difficulty concentrating. So how can schools and universities ensure a healthy learning and working environment for their students, faculty, and staff without accruing incremental costs to do so?
The Internet-of-Things (IoT) is growing at a rapid pace and ushering in a new era of intelligent building management. With that, corporate leaders are now wondering whether they are taking full advantage of the opportunities presented by this industry and leveraging IoT in their buildings. As a facility manager, where do you even begin and how can you tap into the IoT to provide real value to your building’s occupants – and demonstrate that value to those in the company boardroom?
The EPA ranks indoor air quality (IAQ) as a top-five environmental risk to public health
On average, Americans spend over 90 percent of their time indoors where concentrations of some pollutants can be two to five times higher than typical outdoor concentrations, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In fact, the EPA ranks indoor air quality (IAQ) as a top-five environmental risk to public health while the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that approximately 1.4 million buildings in the U.S. have indoor air problems.
With the building sector responsible for nearly 48 percent of all energy consumption in the U.S. and climate change the subject of heated national discourse, the sector is under growing pressure to make a difficult choice – produce the best financial outcomes, or increase building costs to boost energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.
With energy use in commercial buildings accounting for nearly 20% of total U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at a cost of more than $100 billion per year, and global warming the heated subject of national discourse, the sector is under growing pressure to make a difficult decision – produce the best financial outcomes, or increase their building costs to “go green” and boost energy efficiency to reduce carbon emissions.
As more tenants moved into its five-story office complex, ArcBest realized that indoor air quality was begin stressed. The owner found relief and savings via new smart chiller modules that condition less air.
With the school season in full swing at colleges and universities, the last thing on their minds is that the indoor air could be impacting their students' health and performance. Yet, studies show that most schools have inadequate indoor air quality (IAQ) and that this results in increased health issues and lower student performance. Symptoms like headache, dizziness, and tiredness were found to be higher in classrooms with higher concentrations of carbon dioxide, as well as increased difficulty concentrating.