Indoor Air Quality is Critically Important to Your Balance Sheet

Indoor Air Quality is Critically Important to Your Balance Sheet

Buildings are complex systems comprised of dynamic physical, biological and chemical attributes. These attributes are constantly evolving based on a building’s occupants and their activities, its component assets and equipment, and its surrounding environment. Building owners and property managers must keep their facilities and functions in balance in order to protect the building’s integrity as well as the health of the people living and working within it.

As one key component of a building’s ecology, poor indoor air quality (IAQ) can have a huge impact on the health, comfort, well-being and productivity of building occupants. As a matter of fact, poor indoor air quality costs employers about $3 BILLION every year in the form of lost productivity, absenteeism, and increased operating expenses.

That’s right. $3 BILLION. Every Year.

Here’s the good news:

A successful IAQ management program can help you manage your costs. The most effective programs take a professional, holistic approach, addressing the constant, dynamic interactions among a building, its occupants, and the surrounding environment.

Every IAQ management program initiative must begin with a thorough assessment of the concern. Air sampling, surface sampling, modelling of building airflow, evaluation of occupant activity and the potential impacts of occupant exposure are all important elements of the initial assessment. Once an IAQ concern is confirmed and understood, we urge our clients to take a three-fold approach to managing it:

  1. Manage pollutant sources: Remove contaminants from the building or isolate them by installing physical barriers, altering air pressure relationships, or limiting their use.
  2. Adapt ventilation systems: By increasing air exchange and making slight changes to air pressure, systems can dilute pollutants and/or remove them from the building.
  3. Enhance air filtration: Advanced air filter technologies are available & are an affordable way to effectively clean the air of pollutants.

The Bottom Line: Proactive Effort Matters.

Owners and managers who proactively maintain and monitor their facilities and assets are alert to potential hazards. Builders and developers who consider IAQ during the design phase of a project stay ahead of the game from the very start. By keeping critical equipment and assets in good working order, you’ll proactively protect the health of tenants and workers, increase the lifespan of your facilities, and save money in the long run.