Maintaining Healthy Buildings

As the effects of unhealthy indoor environments become increasingly clear, employees and tenants are less willing to comprise on the quality of buildings where they spend the majority of their time.

Healthy indoor spaces are becoming an ever-more important feature of modern life and are something that landlords and employers, in particular, should be aware of.

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As long ago as the 19th century, Florence Nightingale made the case that improved drainage, better ventilation and more light in hospitals would aid the recovery of wounded soldiers.

While this was just a start, her idea was correct and more broadly applicable than she may have realised.

Many buildings suffer from a range of issues that would previously have been overlooked, largely as a result of a lack of appreciation for their effects.

Buildings, no matter how modern, which suffer from issues such as poor ventilation, high humidity or excesses of temperature will form not only uncomfortable environments but also actively unhealthy ones.

Healthy buildings, therefore, are structures which have been designed or modified to avoid such conditions, promoting a healthier indoor environment for its occupants.

Why is it important?

There is now clear evidence that the quality of a working environment affects employee productivity, with air quality comprising a significant factor in the health of indoor environments.

By the same token, landlords who focus on the health of their buildings are more able to attract and maintain tenants.

Focussing on occupant health and comfort can reap significant rewards for building owners and operators, as well as demonstrate a concern for the health of others.

Individual awareness of issues such as these is only likely to increase, with personal technology already providing a myriad of environmental and health information, and their scope always due for probable expansion.

How to maintain healthy spaces

One of the primary components of a healthy indoor environment is the quality of its air, making sure that ventilation is effective, temperatures are stable, and humidity is kept at healthy levels.

In order to ensure that standards are maintained, building owners and operators will require the use of increased monitoring techniques, including smart sensors which will, in turn, be linked to improved and modernised ductwork and ventilation systems.

As well as ensuring ventilation systems are up to date, it’s vital at all times to be certain that systems are clean and operational.


To learn more about the health of your indoor space and your ductwork and ventilation, contact the Ductbusters team today.

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