May 12, 2020
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, John D Macomber, who recently co-authored Healthy Buildings: How Indoor Spaces Drive Performance and Productivity with Joseph G Allen, says:
I think awareness is heightened, and in this economy there'll be a drop in demand for space, both for apartments and offices. With those two things together, I think that the offices with the premier health story will get the premium rent and get the tenants, and the offices with a lagging health story will lag.
Since Awair has been studying indoor air quality (IAQ) since 2013, we wanted to provide information to help you augment your building’s health story, particularly as it relates to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. A quick, if partial, list of steps to take is below, as is a link to more in-depth information about re-entry.
Please keep in mind that air filtration or building automation of any kind cannot remove SARS-CoV-2 or other human viruses entirely. Additional and more tactical safety measures are equally important:
To reiterate, no single approach to indoor environmental quality (IEQ) will remove human viruses. However, implementing multiple approaches, both automated and manual, can better protect occupants or employees and improve your building’s health story, even as we continue to learn about COVID-19.
Awair Omni features enterprise-grade sensors that track temperature, humidity, CO2, VOCs, PM2.5, Lux, and Db. The Awair software dashboard and/or API can provide air data as well as actionable insights so you can take control of the air in your environment no matter where you are. Omni is already used by leading organizations like WeWork, AirBnB, Harvard, Stanford University, and Google to keep their facilities optimized for employee and tenant health.
Getting your family ready for the new school year can be bittersweet, and as you drop your child off for their first day of school, it’s easy to feel anxious about whether or not you’ve prepared them for success in the upcoming year. Even if you were able to get them everything on their back-to-school shopping list, you know your child’s ability to learn and grow depends on what happens once they enter the classroom--but what if it turned out their classroom was hindering their productivity and overall health?Unhealthy classrooms are much more common than we realize, and one of the main culprits is hiding in plain sight: the quality of air children are breathing in their classrooms. Many of us take for granted that the air we’re breathing is healthy and safe since it’s not something we can typically see–but this isn’t the case, especially for air that’s indoors. In fact, indoor air can be 5x more polluted than outdoors, which can affect allergies, asthma, our ability to concentrate, the quality of our sleep, and more. Particularly “unhealthy” or “bad” air can even cause a variety of health problems, including dry skin and eyes, coughing and sneezing, headaches, hives, and nausea.
Controlling the humidity levels of your building keeps employees healthier and more comfortable as well as extending the life of your building.What is humidity?Humidity is, simply, moisture in the air – typically in the form of water vapor. Humidity is always present in our air, and while we usually associate it with outdoor weather, humidity indoors plays an important role in overall comfort.