the Lancet Covid-19 Commission released a report on current IAQ standards. They found they don’t protect against the spread of infectious diseases in the air. The report considers ventilation, filtration, and disinfection rates in five types of small and medium-sized spaces. These include office, restaurant dining room, elementary classroom, hotel lobby, and supermarket. The report states, “there is no debate that the current targets are too low”.
Health and Comfort
AirLens is being piloted right now to protect people’s health, and the timing couldn’t be better for the users of three buildings in the Portland (Oregon) Metro region. A CNN article published on Dec 16, 2022, the flu, RSV, and Covid-19 are on the rise in the US.
There are lots of choices and actions to address indoor air quality impacts. Prevention is often the most helpful and lowest cost way to improve and protect indoor air quality.
As the climate crisis gets worse, cities are pushing to lower their carbon footprints, improve living conditions, and enhance indoor air quality. For instance, Portland has proposed a policy to address climate and health standards for existing buildings. The policy intends to support tenants, especially Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC).
Workplace productivity is affected quite a lot by indoor air quality (IAQ). IAQ can affect employee health, morale, efficiency, and, in the end, a company’s profit margins.
Indoor air quality refers to how clean the air inside a building is. Ventilation, humidity, temperature, and the presence of pollutants all can have an impact.
It’s well known that climate change impacts everything from polar ice caps to seasonal trends. It also silently impacts our health in ways we’re only starting to understand. Dr. Kari Nadeau, a key figure in the field of environmental health, is sounding the alarm on these under-recognized threats — most notably, the drastic alteration of pollen seasons and a staggering rise in wildfires.
Many people want to know, “which is more polluted, indoor or outdoor air?” The answer is, “It depends.”
Depending on the type of pollutant, and how much of it there is and how long one is exposed, the outcomes can range from mild symptoms to life-threatening situations. Even the most robust among us can be felled by carbon monoxide poisoning within minutes.
However, it is crucial to understand that some people are at a higher risk. Knowing who is at a higher risk and why can help us address the needs of the most vulnerable.
With colder weather setting in across the country, people are closing their windows to fresh air and opening another window to poor air quality. From parents to property managers, at this time of year, it is vital to prioritize the well-being of your occupants.
Enter ASHRAE (Association of Society of Heating, Cooling, Refrigerations, and Air-Conditioning Engineers) Standard 241, released in July 2023: “Control of Infectious Aerosols.” This new standard creates rigorous requirements to reduce the risk of disease transmission. It addresses exposure to infectious aerosols in both new and existing buildings and major renovations. Designed to promote more healthy indoor spaces, Standard 241 offers a robust response to the present challenges of infectious diseases in shared spaces.
BuildingLens is Bridging the Gap to Clean Air and the Clean Energy Economy for Priority Populations and Property Managers
The quest for clean air and a livable planet is an effort that benefits everyone to some degree, but not everyone has equal access to being a part of making this dream real. BuildingLens bridges this gap for priority populations. We center priority populations’ needs so that our benefits really can flow to anyone.
In the struggle against the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic, the role of ventilation in indoor spaces continues to be vital. A 2022 study from Italy’s Marche region sheds light on a key aspect of this: how more ventilation can impact the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in indoor spaces in schools. This study explores how fresh air can be a potent partner in efforts to keep students and staff safe.