Whilst a full return to the office may not be imminent, we now have an ideal opportunity to address the air quality issues inside our buildings.
Instead of continuing with business as usual, we can use this gift of time to come back better and create healthier workplaces for employees.
What's causing poor indoor air quality?
Modern buildings are designed to be airtight. This is a must if the industry is to lower its carbon footprint but it can lead to some unintentional problems.
A lack of ventilation in an airtight building will mean the indoor environment quickly becomes stale and stuffy. This build-up of excess moisture and CO2 can result in illness and the growth of mould in the building. Air conditioning, or the lack of, similarly allows for an increase in humidity as well as leaving unfiltered particles suspended in the air.
There are also many pollutants which are generated from inside the workplace itself. Cleaning products, solvents, dust, carpet fibres, photocopy residues and building materials, otherwise known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), create quite an unhealthy cocktail of contaminants which eventually filter throughout the office.