INDOOR AIR QUALITY
Rapid urbanisation, traffic conditions and modern materials all contribute to poor indoor air quality. Future Decisions provides analysis for VOC, NO, NO2, CO, CO2, O3, NOx, SO2, PM10, PM2.5, PM1. Future Decisions has a patented control algorithm that will allow your building to reduce internaly pollution by 30% enabling it to meet UK/EU law for air quality. Clean air means happy, healthy and more productive building occupants.
THE IMPORTANCE OF INDOOR AIR QUALITY
Indoor air quality is a key factor in the health and well-being of building occupants. Traditionally low levels of indoor CO2 have been used as a surrogate to represent good indoor air. However the reality is significantly more complex as buildings trap, generate and accumulate pollutants. Significantly the outdoor air can no longer be considered fresh. Our peer reviewed research shows that low indoor CO2 in urban settings is often achieved at the expense of higher levels of more harmful pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate matter (PM). Indeed, since pollution is not a scheduled event, without intelligent control most urban buildings can accumulate pollutants to levels that are worse than those found outside.
Every building in London is almost certainly breaking UK/EU law on Air Quality. Buildings are bringing in polluted external air whilst also generating their own pollutants aggravating the problem particularly as they can trap and hold the poor quality air. This tends to result in the indoor air being of worse quality than that found outside. Poor air quality impacts on worker productivity (sick building syndrome) but more importantly increase significantly the likelihood of serious diseases including stroke, cancer, asthma, heart disease, obesity, diabetes and dementia. In addition it has a significant link to premature death with 44,000 premature deaths per year in the UK and 400,000 across Europe. Building owners and are required to do what is reasonable to protect their occupants.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
We usually suggest a month up to three of monitoring using our our multi gas and particulate matter sensors pods. This allows us to measure the extent of the problem and device which strategy is best suited to counter it. The first strategy is to implement our Indoor Air Quality control algorithms where permanent sensors are installed that integrate with our Digital Building Platform and enable algorithmic control of your HVAC systems. This is usually enough to drop internal pollution levels by up to 30%. In acute cases it may be necessary to combine the algorithmic approach with a chemical scrubber to ensure compliance.