How We Support/Enhance RESET Air Standards

We tend to focus heavily on how to minimise outdoor pollution, from cars and burning fossil fuels, with little attention being drawn to the unseen, undetected indoor air pollution and its negative connotations. On average employees spend 40 hours a week within their working environment, it is therefore our role at Lloret, to ensure the indoor air quality doesn’t negate the health and overall productivity of occupants in buildings we install and maintain systems within.

As the demand for office spaces is on the rise, once again after COVID-19, Lloret is looking at ways in which we can ensure buildings look after the health and well-being of occupants. The indoor air quality has always been a critical and important aspect to healthcare facilities, this is evident in the use of the systems Lloret installed at Cleveland Clinic. To measure and control the indoor air quality within the private hospital, not only provides comfort to patients and staff but more crucially it is vital to minimise the risk of spreading infections and airborne diseases.

Today, indoor air quality and its beneficial factors have been studied to bring about a greater focus on buildings’ temperature, humidity and overall ventilation and their resultant effects. Particularly within office spaces in big cities, such as London, health and productivity benefits due to air quality have been studied and proven.

Indoor air pollutants amount from different sources; such as chemicals from cleaning products, outdoor pollutants alongside the carbon dioxide we all breathe out. They all contribute to ‘sick building syndrome,’ which is a phrase used to describe how the poor levels of indoor air quality lowers productivity whilst further causing drowsiness and headaches. This is what RESET Air and its standard are seeking to minimise, ensuring buildings are ‘healthy’ for tenants to spend their working week in. With a trend of trying different means to be healthy in all aspects of our lives, the rise in ‘cycling to work’ and green juices; our places of work should also contribute to individual health goals.

Effective room ventilation might also boost productivity. Airborne infections thrive in warm, moist environments; thus HVAC units are designed to prevent these situations. The reduction of airborne illnesses being spread means fewer sick days being taken by employees, enhancing the overall productivity of a company working within the office space. Furthermore, an optimal thermal condition of 21 – 24 °C has been researched by (Seppanen et al., 2006), to sustain comfort levels and relative productivity in the workplace.

Lloret installs sensors to monitor the levels of carbon dioxide, through a change in occupancy levels of specific rooms, alongside measuring humidity and temperature. These sensors communicate to a building management system ensuring air ventilation systems are set at specific levels, to create a healthy and comfortable working environment.

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