Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is of Primary Concern
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 Your Building Can Contain:
Moulds, spores, pollens
Carbon monoxide, radon, volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
Bacteria, viruses and by-products
Vehicle engine exhaust, exhaust from industrial plants
Asbestos, clays, elemental particles and man-made fibres
Extensive studies show:34% of American workers feel that
poor IAQ had caused them to miss work
For every 1000 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 according to IAQ guidelines
Optimising Air Filter Related SpendingAir filtration systems in these facilities must handle relatively large volumes of air as well. 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, minimising costly downtime, and extending the lifespan of your equipment.
How We Can Help You
A thorough air filter audit of your HVAC Systems is the first step that AAF International takes, in order to provide you professional guidance and analysis for cost savings and liability reduction. By conducting this audit, we strive to understand your current state and your complete air filtration needs, applications, and goals for total air quality. This customized air filtration survey costs you nothing and could give you significant benefits by helping you save money, reduce risk, and save time.
AAF International can also assist you in the processes required to earn certification by the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM). The longest established and leading method of assessing, rating, and certifying building sustainability, BREEAM sets the benchmark for green building in 78 countries around the world.
Air filtration strategies also contribute to earning credits toward certification by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED®). Administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, has previously been used primarily in the U.S., and is now being used around the world to assess the environmental performance of buildings. With regard to Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), we use LEED®’s assessment criteria, which is the most stringent compared to other assessment methods, as our performance benchmark.
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