How HVAC Can Turn Buildings into Healthy Spaces for All
According to recent research, more than two-thirds of U.S. residents do not trust their building’s water and air quality, and many have experienced sick building syndrome (SBS), a situation in which occupants experience health symptoms that affect their well-being and absenteeism and decreased work productivity result.
The main contributor to SBS symptoms is inadequate ventilation. Traditional ventilation systems in large buildings exhaust indoor air—contaminated with pathogens like bacteria and viruses, carbon dioxide (CO2), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and particulate matter—and bring in new, "fresh" air from outside. The new air is conditioned for optimal humidity and temperature and filtered for some particulates. This single-use air ventilation system, however, has its limits.
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