Addressing Workplace IAQ
UK mechanical and electrical (M&E) contractor Evotech has launched Evotech Air Quality, a new division dedicated to tackling poor indoor air quality (IAQ) in workplaces.
The venture will offer state-of-the-art air monitoring solutions alongside a host of advisory and technical services.
According to studies, indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than than air outside buildings, creating significant health risks for building occupants. Pollution is made up of many compounds including greenhouse gases, chemicals, and particulate matter (PM), which is made up of both solid and liquid materials, mould spores and pollen. The World Health Organisation and UK Government both classify PM as the biggest environmental risk to public health, and recently, scientists at the University of Cambridge have linked deaths in coronavirus hotspots, with exposure to high levels of air pollution. Short term health conditions include eye, nose, and throat irritation, coughing and sneezing and shortness of breath; with long term conditions comprising, chronic bronchitis, reduced lung function, respiratory disease, cardiovascular illness, and premature death.
Business Development Director, John Lumb, says: “Poor indoor air quality can have a real impact on workplace wellbeing, cognitive function, and absenteeism due to ill health. By monitoring the quality of air in buildings and putting real-time data at the fingertips of building managers, we are able to take specific remedial action, to improve the air we breathe at work, in educational settings and public buildings.
“This is an exciting development for Evotech and further boosts the range of specialist technical solutions we provide to enhance how buildings perform.”
Evotech Air Quality, in partnership with pioneering Norwegian tech company, Airthings, will provide building owners and managing agents, with indoor air monitoring solutions that effectively measure the levels of CO2, humidity, temperature, particulate matter, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and Radon, to provide clear and demonstrable evidence of the IAQ within buildings. Where results are poor, improvement measures can be implemented to reduce indoor air hazards, optimise ventilation, and better control heating and cooling systems, whilst reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions.