What are the optimal air quality levels for health, productivity and energy-saving?

Airthings A complete, easy guide to ideal air quality levels within buildings.  Indoor air quality has an enormous effect on people’s well-being and productivity. For example, did you know that a healthier work environment can reduce sick leave by 58%?1 On top of that, buildings are responsible for 40% of global energy consumption and 33% of greenhouse gas emissions.2  In this…

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Here are the top four strategies to reduce COVID risk in buildings

A short new report from the Lancet COVID-19 Commission lists the first four strategies that every building owner and operator should pursue to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. The report focuses on lowering the amount of virus-laden aerosols in indoor air by improving ventilation and filtration. The report was put together by the Commission’s task force on safe work, safe…

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Preventing Airborne Spread of Covid-19 and Other Respiratory Diseases

Why it took so long to acknowledge that Covid-19 is airborne—and what we need to do now. By Michael Eisenstein On the top floor of the Baltimore Veterans Administration Hospital, Richard Riley and his colleague William Wells were hard at work installing rows of guinea pig cages. The year was 1954, and the two researchers—both…

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COVID-19 funding pries open a door to improving air quality in schools

BY LIZ SZABO – KAISER HEALTH NEWS Many schools in California and nationwide were in dire need of upgrades — burdened by leaking pipes, mold, and antiquated heating systems — long before the pandemic drew attention to the importance of indoor ventilation in reducing the spread of infectious disease. The average U.S. school building is 50…

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We Need to Improve Indoor Air Quality: Here’s How and Why

Upgrading buildings’ ventilation, filtration and other factors would not only decrease COVID transmission but also improve health and cognitive performance in general By Tanya Lewis  – Scientific American We spend 90 percent of our lives indoors, yet most of us seldom spare a thought for the quality of the air we breathe there. More than a…

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How Airthings can help you reduce your building’s environmental impact

by Emily Moschowits The global carbon footprint of the built environment The environmental impact from buildings can be broken down into different categories. One way of distinguishing it is by looking at the impact from constructing the building versus the energy needed for everyday operations. Overall, the lifetime use of the building accounts for 28%…

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Use Airthings for Business towards The WELL Building Standard

Marie Bannister – Airthings What is the WELL standard? The WELL Building Standard  (WELL v2™) takes a holistic approach to health in the built environment addressing behaviour, operations and design. WELL is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and well-being, through air, water, nourishment, light,…

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What can I do to reduce PM levels in my workplace?

Marie Bannister – Airthings The healthier the air, the less Particulate matter (PM). So what can you do to reduce PM levels in your workplace? We provide our curated list of tips to improve the air in your business in this handy infographic.   Particulate matter is a range of particles of dust, dirt, and liquids…

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Safety of long-term exposure to hydroxyl radicals

Around the 1990s, NASA researchers generated hydroxyl radicals and other superoxides to prevent organic compounds accumulating on the spacecraft during space missions[1].  Since then, the interest in safety and efficacy of these molecules against Volatile Organic Compounds -VOCs-, bacteria and viruses has grown steadly. Air purifier device complies, according to the evaluation carried out by…

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Fresh Air for our Fresh Start

By Angira Bharadwaj Small bars and restaurants across NSW that don’t have access to outdoors spaces are investing thousands into new ventilation technology to keep their venues and customers safe. Led by the Spirit and Cocktail Association and Independent Bars Association, hospitality owners are buying air purifiers that use technology originally pioneered by NASA for…

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