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Half of UK Businesses Embrace Clean Air Technology

19.07.2021, 10:58

Half of UK Businesses Embrace Clean Air Technology

New research from Johnson Controls indicates 52 per cent of businesses in the United Kingdom have implemented clean air technology in advance of building reopenings with a further 31 per cent planning to do so in the next 12 months.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the healthcare sector leading the way in clean air technology implementation, with almost two-thirds (62 per cent) of healthcare organisations surveyed for the report indicating they have already installed clean air systems; and a further 31 per cent set to follow suit in the next year. Comparatively, just 47 per cent of commercial real estate, including offices, retailers and banks that participated in the survey indicated they have already implemented clean air technology.


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Commercial businesses (banking, retail etc)



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Many businesses will be looking simultaneously to reduce office space, whilst encouraging people back to work – with a majority (82 per cent) indicating they plan to reduce permanent workspace and instead provide temporary work cubes, meaning employees will have to share workspaces more frequently.

Recent figures suggest only 16 per cent of businesses in the UK will offer the majority of their employees the option to work from home full-time, now that restrictions have lifted.

Mark Bouldin, a member of Johnson Controls UK&I Clean Air team, comments: “If businesses want their employees to return to the workplace, they must understand it’s a two-way street. They need to prove to staff that the workplace is safe to return to. Installing clean air technology is critical to building that trust. 

“However, the benefits of clean air go beyond health and safety. Research also shows that productivity can increase by up to 11 per cent if buildings have a constant flow of clean air. Business leaders who want to improve productivity and protect their people are taking the right steps by adopting clean air technology. What’s more, our workplaces are going up against the comfort of our own homes now, meaning clean air is necessary to create an environment which is both comfortable and safe.”

Clean air technology played a key role in keeping essential buildings open during the pandemic. Over four-fifths (87 per cent) of businesses reported relying on the technology and similar “smart” solutions to keep their buildings open, with over a third (37 per cent) even stating the technology was either “critical” or “essential”.

When it comes to achieving indoor clean air, there is no one-stop shop. Johnson Controls figures suggest the following technologies have all helped businesses achieve their clean air goals, creating a healthier environment for their employees along the way:

  • 73% use air purification
  • 60% have installed IAQ-indoor air quality technology
  • 60% have implemented air quality monitoring
  • 57% use UV sanitation in their buildings
  • 32% of buildings are installed with filtration technology

Download the ‘Breath of fresh air: How clean air technology can give your building a new lease of life’ report now.

Report Methodology

The report was commissioned by Johnson Controls in April 2021 to uncover what businesses are doing and plan to do to ensure they are operating out of a healthy building. The survey was conducted among 826 healthy building decision makers, including those responsible for making or influencing decisions regarding clean air, healthy spaces and emergency response initiatives. Industries covered include healthcare, manufacturing, hotels, data centres, pharma/biotech and retail. All respondents came from businesses and organisations with 500+ employees, across the LATAM, Continental Europe, MEA and UK&I regions. The interviews were conducted in conjunction with Visions Research via an online survey.

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Staff Reporter covers the latest news, trends and opinion from the facilities management (FM) and corporate real estate (CRE) sectors. The FM market is currently estimated to be worth USD 1 trillion annually and is projected to grow at a compounded annualised rate of approximately 5% between now and 2026.

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