Improved air quality through optimised ventilation
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.
Ventilation is more complex than you might thinkThe 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.
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Step 1: ScanAchieving 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: AnalysisThe 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: ImplementationOnce 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.
Step 5: SUVIS grant application assistance (schools)
The government has made € 360 million available to help school boards and municipalities adjust the ventilation systems in schools. The objective is to improve the indoor climate in existing school buildings. Schools can submit a grant application via their municipality between 4 January 2021 up to and including 30 June 2021. Strukton Worksphere assists our customers with this grant scheme. First, we assess whether the schools qualify for a grant. If the outcome is positive, we take care of providing the correct and required information for requesting the grant. Following approval of the grant application, we start up the implementation and performance steps as described above. This way we take on this responsibility on behalf of customers and guarantee the implementation of our recommendations.