In commercial office buildings, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is a primary concern. IAQ refers to the indoor air breathed in by a building’s occupants. The pollution levels in this indoor air can be up to five times higher than outdoor levels, and poor IAQ ranks as one of the top five environmental risks to public health.
The Air Inside These Buildings Can Contains:
- Molds, spores, pollens
- Carbon monoxide, radon, volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
- Bacteria, viruses, and byproducts
- Vehicle engine exhaust, exhaust from industrial plants
- Asbestos, clays, elemental particles, and man-made fibers
Extensive Studies Show:
- 34% of American workers feel that poor IAQ had caused them to miss work
- For every 1,000 workers, poor IAQ results in 600 sick days per year
- 56% of commercial maintenance teams actually admit that their IAQ maintenance is not carried out per IAQ guidelines
- 88% of facility managers say that deferred maintenance is an issue
Optimize Your Environment
Air filtration systems in commercial facilities must handle relatively large volumes of air. Approximately 50% of a building’s energy consumption goes to the heating, cooling, and moving of air. In considering the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), it is important to keep in mind that in order to have a cost-effective building, planning maintenance is an important step in maintaining energy efficiency, minimizing costly repairs, and extending the lifespan of your equipment.
AAF can assist you in the processes required to earn Leadership in Energy andEnvironmental Design (LEED) credits. The LEED Green Building Rating System,™ administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, is the nationally accepted benchmark for designing and sustaining green buildings.
Proper Air Filtration Strategies Contribute to Four of the Six LEED Credit Categories:
- Energy and Atmosphere (Efficiency)
- Indoor Environmental Quality
- Materials and Resources
- Innovation in Design/Operations