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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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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Energy series: How can we make existing buildings more energy-efficient?

Marie Bannister The final instalment in our 3 part series aims to answer the pivotal question: How can we make existing buildings more energy-efficient? The answer? Retrofitting. There are two main ways you can retrofit your building and make it more energy-efficient: building adjustments and smarter energy usage. Building adjustments If you own a building or facility, building…

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Energy Series: Why don’t we just build new energy-efficient buildings?

Marie Bannister – Airthings We’ve ascertained that the lack of data into existing buildings results in many being unaware of just how energy deficient their buildings are. Next up in our 3 part series asks the question: Why then, can we not simply build new energy-efficient buildings?Energy-efficient buildings, also known as ‘green buildings’, do have a massive…

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Energy Series: What’s the problem with buildings and energy efficiency?

By Marie Bannister – Airthings Welcome to the first installment of this 3 part series covering the key questions around energy savings. If you’re looking to save the planet and save energy costs, a new approach is needed. There are many costs to operating a business. Energy is a significant one, accounting for up to 32% of…

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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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How you can earn more WELL points with Airthings for Business

by Marie Bannister – Airthings Does Airthings for Business help toward compliance with the WELL healthy building standard? Did you know we spend 90% of our time indoors, where the concentrations of some pollutants are often two to five times higher than usual outdoor concentrations?[1] For a growing number of businesses and facility managers, this…

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Atmospheric Chemistry – “Detergent of the atmosphere”

Dr Katja Riedel and Dr Keith Lassey Explain how OH, the hydroxyl radical, works to cleanse the atmosphere of harmful trace gases. What happens to the millions of tonnes of gases that nature and humankind lob into the atmosphere every year? Fortunately, their rate of accumulation is countered by the atmosphere’s ability to cleanse itself…

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Decomposition of Volatile Organic Compounds by Atmospheric Hydroxyl Free Radicals: Understanding the “Cascade” Effect

By HGI Industries Incorporated Although it may be difficult to visualize how hydroxyl radicals can totally decompose volatile organic compounds (VOCs) throughout the treatment space, it is a process that is very well understood and documented in over 25 years of chemical literature. (1‐5) The decomposition of volatile organic and inorganic compounds by hydroxyl radicals…

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