Indoor air quality is increasingly becoming an important focus for facilities management and building design due to its effects on the health, wellbeing, and productivity of building occupants. Here’s how construction materials can impact building air quality and how the right commercial HVAC system can ensure you’re delivering high-quality air to occupants.

Why Building Air Quality Matters 

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, we’re spending 90% of our lives indoors. The air we breathe indoors can easily become compromised in commercial buildings like office buildings, apartment buildings, hotels, and schools if the HVAC system isn’t installed or maintained correctly. The same report also found that the concentration of certain pollutants can be as much as 2 to 5 times higher than it typically is outdoors.

In cities and industrial environments, it’s critical that indoor air quality meets a high standard. The reasons should be obvious when one considers that poor indoor air quality can result in negative health effects such as:

  • A higher risk of irritation to the eyes/nose/throat, 
  • Respiratory diseases and conditions (including asthma and allergies), 
  • Complaints of headaches/dizziness/fatigue, and 
  • Even increased risks of heart disease and cancer.

How to Ensure High-Quality Indoor Air 

This takes a combined approach of minimizing pollution within a building and providing sufficient clean and filtered air through a correctly-sized and energy-efficient commercial HVAC system. 

Tips for achieving this when planning a new building include:

  • Low VOC Construction Materials:
    Follow LEED standards and WELL guidelines when selecting construction materials, focusing on those that are low-VOC to help improve indoor air quality. With the right focus and dedication, buildings can achieve the elite status of LEED-certified and WELL-certified buildings around the world that are recognized as the buildings of the future.
  • Commercial HVAC Specialists:
    Work closely with experienced commercial HVAC contractors – right from the initial building design phases. They will be able to custom design a highly efficient and effective heating, cooling, and ventilation system that meets your building’s high standards for air quality. The right partner can also provide ongoing commercial HVAC services to professionally maintain your system to ensure optimal performance.

Commercial HVAC Contractors – Designing and Delivering High-Performance Solutions for New Buildings

Tri-Tech Energy is an established commercial HVAC company in New Jersey with a reputation for professionalism, expertise, and competency. We’ve been working on commercial and industrial projects, including new builds and renovations, for over 30 years, delivering and maintaining high-performance commercial HVAC solutions that meet the highest standards for efficiency and air quality.

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