Supporting Safer Indoor Air

As the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated, Australia’s indoor environments require better resilience against airborne infection transmission.

If you want to be sure your indoor air is safe and effective in operation, the single best recommendation we can give building owners is to perform commissioning.

If you are not familiar with commissioning, it is worth your time getting up to speed quickly. Commissioning protects the return on your investment. It is a process with a set of activities by which you make sure your facility’s indoor climate is operating the way it was designed and that it meets your current facility requirements. Ongoing commissioning is like going to the doctor for an annual check-up. It helps you catch things early, before your facility facility ends up in Emergency, where you can spend 10 times as much fixing the problem.

Fixed CO2 monitor. Image courtesy of Aranet

In schools and businesses we recommend the use of indoor environmental monitors to measure CO2 concentrations in real-time as a proxy for ventilation and as a continuous strategy to ensure ventilation systems are performing as intended.

In schools, additional benefits of higher ventilation and better air quality include improved cognitive function, reduced asthma symptons, and less missed days.

To read more I recommend the following book – Healthy Buildings – How Indoor Spaces Drive Performance and Productivity by Joseph Allen and John Macomber.