Supporting Safer Indoor Air in Public Buildings

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

The single best recommendation we can give owners is to perform commissioning. Facility elements are often highly integrated and interdepended. This increases the possibility that small issues with interfaces can result in less than optimal performance in operation.

As an example in schools, you can achieve improved cognitive function, reduced asthma symptoms, and less missed days by implementing a commissioning process.

In their latest book Healthy Buildings – How Indoor Spaces Drive Performance and Productivity Joseph Allen and John Macomber discuss the important role of commissioning. They explain that 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 needs. 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.

Healthy Buildings – How Indoor Spaces Drive Performance and Productivity by Joseph Allen and John Macomber is available now.