A healthy environment is vital
Certain substances, in high concentrations, can be harmful to the health of yourself, your employees and your visitors. According to recent research by the World Health Organization, approximately 12,000 people in the Netherlands die prematurely every year due to polluted air. Fortunately, you can take measures to ensure that these substances do not occur in too high concentrations in your building.
But what’s going on right now? And what are the consequences for the air quality in buildings?
The word ‘particulate matter’ usually refers to PM2.5 and PM10. These are extremely small particles that get dispersed in our air. Vehicles, coal-fired power stations and waste incineration plants, among others, release particulate matter into the air. A lot of particulate matter is blown into buildings via regular ventilation systems that do not focus on particulate matter management. This is a major problem because it is very harmful to long-term health. Because particulate matter accumulates in a building, the situation inside is often even worse than outside. Regulating particulate matter can therefore prevent a lot of suffering.
Carbon dioxide (CO2)
A CO2 level that is too high is a common problem in buildings. The amount of CO2 in a room increases if there is too little ventilation in proportion to the number of people present. The consequences of this are a reduction in concentration and a greater chance of making mistakes during work. A frequently heard complaint in a room with too high CO2 concentrations is a drowsy feeling and having to yawn a lot. However, with modern control technology it is perfectly possible to control your ventilation system and regulate CO2. This means that ventilation increases as the occupancy of a room increases. In this way, your visitors and staff always breathe fresh air. This can significantly reduce absence due to illness, especially in schools and offices.
Ozone is a harmful substance for the respiratory tract and has an irritating effect. This can be very ugly, especially for people with a chronic condition such as asthma or COPD. By taking the right measures in your building, you can prevent them from getting unnecessary complaints.
Nitrogen Oxides (NOx)
Dutch nitrogen emissions are the highest in Europe: per hectare we emit about 4 times as much as the EU average. 60% of Dutch emissions consist of ammonia and 40% of nitrogen oxides. Agriculture is responsible for 61% of nitrogen emissions (from manure, but also from greenhouses and agricultural vehicles), road traffic for 15%. Health problems due to nitrogen oxides are difficult to pinpoint, but people with lung complaints will certainly notice high concentrations, because their complaints can worsen. It is especially important in areas with high concentrations of nitrogen oxides to keep the air in the buildings clean.
Bacteria, fungi and viruses
Bacteria, fungi and viruses are always around us in large numbers. Of course, this can’t hurt at all, on the contrary, we desperately need them to keep the right balance in our body and in nature. In buildings, however, it regularly happens that the amount of a fungus or bacteria is too high. This creates an imbalance, which can cause illness. Preventing the spread of the coronavirus is of course top priority at the moment. It has now been shown that this virus spreads much faster indoors than outdoors. There are many health benefits if you can ventilate your building in such a way that spreading can be better prevented.