May 12, 2020
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, John D Macomber, who recently co-authored Healthy Buildings: How Indoor Spaces Drive Performance and Productivity with Joseph G Allen, says:
I think awareness is heightened, and in this economy there'll be a drop in demand for space, both for apartments and offices. With those two things together, I think that the offices with the premier health story will get the premium rent and get the tenants, and the offices with a lagging health story will lag.
Since Awair has been studying indoor air quality (IAQ) since 2013, we wanted to provide information to help you augment your building’s health story, particularly as it relates to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. A quick, if partial, list of steps to take is below, as is a link to more in-depth information about re-entry.
Please keep in mind that air filtration or building automation of any kind cannot remove SARS-CoV-2 or other human viruses entirely. Additional and more tactical safety measures are equally important:
To reiterate, no single approach to indoor environmental quality (IEQ) will remove human viruses. However, implementing multiple approaches, both automated and manual, can better protect occupants or employees and improve your building’s health story, even as we continue to learn about COVID-19.
Awair Omni features enterprise-grade sensors that track temperature, humidity, CO2, VOCs, PM2.5, Lux, and Db. The Awair software dashboard and/or API can provide air data as well as actionable insights so you can take control of the air in your environment no matter where you are. Omni is already used by leading organizations like WeWork, AirBnB, Harvard, Stanford University, and Google to keep their facilities optimized for employee and tenant health.
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