Building Flush Out Benefits
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) in recent times is one factor that has the attention of both tenants and owners of commercial buildings. Increased awareness, quest for better wellbeing, the drive for improvements in energy efficiency, and competition are some factors that have fueled the embers of its popularity among stakeholders.
Respiratory diseases, allergies, eye irritation, intoxication, heart diseases, some types of cancer, building sickness syndrome are some negative health conditions that are associated with poor indoor air.
And with people spending significant time of their day inside commercial facilities across the nation, the effect of IAQ on public health is proven and well documented by a number of sources including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the United States and the World Health Organization (WHO). IAQ in commercial facilities has been singled out as an important factor that affects the wellbeing and productivity of its occupants.
According to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), “air in which there are no known contaminants at harmful concentrations as determined by cognizant authorities and with which a substantial majority (80% or more) of the people exposed do not express dissatisfaction” is considered to be “acceptable indoor air quality.”
For newly constructed commercial properties, it is common for people to erroneously assume that the IAQ is also “new and fresh.” Unfortunately that is not the case. A look around and you’ll discover that commercial facilities by their very nature are constructed to be “air-tight;” meaning natural ventilation is sacrificed for mechanical systems. That’s not all; add to the fact that the building process including the installations of fittings, furniture, and interior design is culpable for introducing pollutants into the inbuilt environment thus lowering indoor air quality.
Building flush out is done to eliminate air pollutants that produce gas, odors or any air particles from newly installed items. Building materials, flooring, treated wood, particleboard, vinyl, furnishings, fresh paint, finishes, adhesives and sealants are some of these items that release gases such as formaldehyde (HCHO) and other Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) which leads to lowering of the quality of air within the building.
Some few benefits of Air Flush Out:
- Health and Safety
- Economic Benefits
- It is used to establish acceptable baseline conditions
- Regulations and certification
- It validates the flush out process
- Effective IAQ management
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