Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Goes Global

IAQ has gone global. No really—as value for IAQ progresses and sees growth worldwide, the industry as a whole is seeing IAQ gain momentum everywhere in real time.

And why is IAQ making waves globally?

Well according to the EPA’s Science Advisory Board, poor/bad IAQ ranks as a top five environmental risk for public health. In a world where we have to worry about not only high-risk pathogens but also outdoor pollutants like smog and wildfires, IAQ must be able to be able to battle different things all at the same time.

This is why industry governing bodies, like ASHRAE, are on the front lines when it comes to recommending standards that help keep society safe and healthy. One great example deals directly with IAQ in school buildings/facilities. Per ASHRAE regulations, their recommendation for CO2 levels in classrooms is that CO2 levels be kept below 700 parts per million. (For a full list of ASHRAE IAQ requirements click here.) And the craziest thing? The U.S. Green Building Council and OSHA have even stricter requirements when it comes to CO2 levels.

Keep in mind . . .

So here are some helpful tips regarding IAQ to make your life easier! The three principles for good IAQ are:

  • Eliminate—rid the building/facility/room of the source where you can,
  • Ventilate—dilute the pollutant source,
  • Filtrate—filter the air to capture and then rid it of pollutants.

And keep in mind the 12 parameters of IAQ:

  • Room temperature
  • Air movement
  • Relative humidity
  • Carbon dioxide (CO2)
  • Carbon monoxide (CO)
  • Respirable Suspended Particulates (PM10)
  • Nitrogen dioxide (NO2)
  • Ozone (O3)
  • Formaldehyde (HCHO)
  • Total volatile organic compounds (TVOC)
  • Radon (Rn)
  • Airborne bacteria

(For more information on the IAQ certification scheme for offices and public places, click here.)

Save yourself by implementing lifesaving IAQ measures

Market reports and their data have never been more popular for the insights that they can shed light on regarding material source analysis for ecological concerns, manufacturing analysis for code and regulation enforcement, technical data, and more. And any actions that can be taken to eliminate bad IAQ are paramount to the continued effort to keep the public safe when it comes to air quality. For a deeper understanding as to how you can get better IAQ or if you suspect the space you’re in is having IAQ issues, check out this great article put out by the EPA. Protect your health and the health of others by investing in ways to protect against hazards and improve IAQ. Kele is here to help you achieve that goal and maintain it going forward.

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