Improved air quality through optimised ventilation
25 August 2020
Back to the office, school or cinema. Building managers aim to make this possible again soon. To do this, they must be able to guarantee a safe working environment and living space. The quality of the air management systems is essential in this respect. Strukton Worksphere can help with custom made solutions.
What is the current air quality in your building? What are the weak spots in your ventilation system? How do we achieve optimal ventilation? Our specialists will answer these questions for you. We do our work based on the recommendations and standards of organisations, such as the Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), the Netherlands Foundation for Public Communication on Science (Techniek Nederland) and ISSO. This is how we apply our knowledge and expertise to create the safest possible living and working environment.
Ventilation is more complex than you might think
The exact role of aerosols in spreading the coronavirus is not yet clear. We do know, however, that these small droplets have less of a chance of spreading when there is good ventilation. The importance of ventilation – and therefore a healthy space – has always been high. The coronavirus makes it even more urgent.
But better ventilation does not mean simply cranking up the ventilation a notch. It is also about the direction of the airflows in a room, how much air is being circulated, and how the supply and exhaust operate. Only once we have identified the full air management layout, is it possible to determine the best possible solution for the building and the individual spaces. There is no such thing as a standard solution. The conditions in individual buildings diverge far too much for this. For example, a cinema requires a very different approach compared to an office building. The following step-by-step plan describes our approach.
Step 1: Scan
Achieving the maximum possible results with the existing ventilation systems and supplementary systems always is our starting point. This is why our specialists start with a ventilation scan of the existing situation. We use available measurement data and benchmark data produced by our digital platform Strukton PULSE 3.0 for this purpose. Where necessary, we temporarily install sensors or deploy advanced measurement methods, such as smoke and infrared, to map out airflows.
Step 2: Analysis
The scan is followed by a ventilation analysis, during which our ventilation specialists prepare a risk assessment. This assessment includes a description of the risks associated with the building’s ventilation system and proposes specific measures. As client, you determine which measures you would like to have implemented. To decide on these measures, you balance the risks, essential control measures and commercial interests. At times, even a number of small adjustments can make a big difference. That way we avoid expensive and time-consuming interventions. We also provide recommendations about the use of the building. For example, to limit the number of people in a room.
Step 3: Implementation
Once you have made your decision, our specialists proceed to the implementation phase, and implement the approved measures quickly and flexibly.
Step 4: Performance
If so desired, we can continue to monitor the results of the implemented measures: the ventilation system’s performance. Air quality sensors linked to our digital platform Strukton PULSE 3.0, measure, analyse and report air quality in real time. As building manager, this enables you to continuously inform users about air quality, with the key objective of creating a safe environment based on statutory requirements.
Strukton Worksphere has broad experience and expertise in managing and maintaining buildings. A team of specialists stands ready to analyse and optimise the air management system in your building(s). Interested? Contact Rob Daams.
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