Why COVID-19 Raises the Stakes for Clean Indoor Air
Whether we like it or not, we have become an indoor species, so buildings have a major impact on our health.
Indoor air quality (IAQ) has changed from a base contractual obligation which was focused on comfort now to include tenant health and safety.
Even before the pandemic struck, there were plenty of reasons to be concerned about air quality and ventilation in the buildings where we live and work. After all, healthier indoor environments don’t just keep us from getting sick—they also enhance cognitive performance.
Organizations like ASHRAE and BOMA, who do have expertise in IAQ, have provided recommendations to address the transmission of COVID-19 within buildings.
To convey to managers the benefits of the healthy building movement, John D. Macomber, a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School, recently wrote a book about it- 'Healthy Buildings: How Indoor Spaces Drive Performance and Productivity.'
Together with co-author Joseph G. Allen, a professor at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Macomber explores “nine foundations for a healthy building” and studies how simple tweaks to increase airflow and air quality can have dramatic effects on workers.
Coronavirus has forced the entire world to adapt to change quickly and rapidly. The biggest challenge businesses are facing is be restarting their operations. Even while a larger part of the enabling ecosystem continued to be in a state lockdown, we at Clairco have been working in the background with our clients to make sure that the workplace and buildings have a safe and hygienic environment.