What Makes a ‘Healthy’ Building?
Keeping your employees safe is always a high priority for your company, but in the wake of COVID-19, it needs to be at the absolute top of the list. But what steps do you need to take to make sure your building is safe? What separates a facility that’s ahead of the curve from one that’s lagging behind? At Brandt, we’re here to answer your burning questions.
Healthy Building Solutions: What You Need to Know
As the country begins to open up, taking the recommended precautions is essential. And if you’re a facility owner, it extends beyond simply telling your team to wear masks and stay six feet apart—there are actual steps you need to take concerning the operation of your building. If you want to make sure your employees are breathing in healthy air, HVAC equipment has to be operating at a high level. The key to making sure your team stays safe is ventilation.
Why Does Industrial Building Ventilation Matter So Much?
Clean, fresh air comes into your building; diluted air from inside exits. HVAC is pretty simple, right? In theory, yes. In reality? Not so much. Just because a building is new doesn’t mean its HVAC system is functioning exactly like it should be. We think of our HVAC as something that keeps us cool when it’s hot outside, but it needs to be able to do so much more than that.
Fresh air requirements for commercial buildings have been set by governing bodies like ASHRAE to make sure that facilities around the country are doing what they can to protect their employees. Abiding by Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) standards is crucial for several reasons, including:
- Ventilation in buildings shouldn’t just be bringing in fresh air from outside; it needs to function as a diluent for occupant-generated and product-generated pollutants.
- Ventilation systems influence temperature, humidity, and building air pressure.
- Poor IAQ increases symptoms in employees including headaches, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, and more, and that’s in the best of times; with a pandemic still very much a part of our lives, the risks increase significantly.
This affects more than just healthcare facilities—just about everyone around the country has been touched by this pandemic in some way, and it’s essential we all do what we can to make sure we’re creating the safest environment possible.
What Are ASHRAE and the CDC Doing to Combat COVID-19 in Terms of Air Filtration?
While a blanket statement has been released about the importance of air filtration, it still leaves a lot up to the consumer about how to best respond. And while it’s helpful that they acknowledged the importance of the issue, blanket statements shouldn’t ever necessitate a blanket response. How your facility adapts during these turbulent times is entirely contingent on the kind of facility you operate, where you work, and other specific information.
How Our Team Can Help
We’re no strangers to the importance of continued, diligent maintenance. If it’s been a while since you last commissioned your building, we recommend implementing a retro-commissioning procedure that can establish a path toward a properly ventilated building. Our process typically includes:
- An in-depth planning phase, including an initial walkthrough, team formation, and a kickoff meeting
- A thorough investigation to review all relevant documentation, functional testing, and pain points
- Timely rollout of pertinent changes and extensive testing to verify results
- Final assessments
Without undergoing every single minor step, you can never be fully confident in the quality of your HVAC system. That’s why we take the time to move diligently through the process, checking to make sure you’re adhering to all airborne precautions along the way. If the most important thing is the safety of your employees, you need to choose a contractor that feels the same way. You need to choose Brandt.
Ready to Get Started?
It’s time to start taking your HVAC seriously. For quality solutions that make sense for your facility, no one is better to work with than Bradnt. For more information, reach out to our team today.