Buildings are for people
Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)
With the focus on the environmental and economical sustainability of new buildings, it can be easy to forget that most buildings exist to provide a safe and comfortable environment for people to live and work in.
And it is not just the initial construction costs, operational and on-going maintenance expenses that need to be considered. Did you know that in a typical office building, the cost of the employees or “human capital” far outweighs that of the “building’s capital”?
By Wendy Wright
Marketing & Communications
Just as there are benefits for an appropriately designed building, there are negative costs for a poorly designed one. The introduction of a natural ventilation system can not only reduce running costs and carbon emissions, but also improve many of the key elements of good IEQ.
Natural (Passive) Ventilation
Natural ventilation has become regarded by many architects as the socially responsible alternative to mechanical ventilation in todays’ green buildings.
Natural or passive ventilation is considered a low cost energy solution, whilst providing an optimum level of thermal comfort and a healthier indoor environment by the use of a sustainable, natural resource… air!
By controlling air movement through natural ventilation, many risks associated with a poorly maintained HVAC system on occupant health, such as upper and lower respiratory ailments, eye and skin irritations, headaches and fatigue can be alleviated.