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Employee wellbeing becoming a priority for FM professionals

In a week when World FM Day, a global initiative to celebrate the industry, has been marked, new research reveals that facilities management has significant influence in the improvement of workplace wellbeing.

To coincide with the occasion, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Sodexo conducted a survey of international FM professionals. The results showed that 61% of those questioned believed that improving the workplace environment and wellbeing of employees would have a significant impact on their business in the next two years.

In addition, almost a third of respondents think that enhancing the quality of the workplace environment can improve social interactions between colleagues, while 22% believe that it promotes a positive impact on health and wellbeing.

Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a considerable factor in the health and wellbeing of building occupants. The installation of a Gibbons Ultraviolet Solutions CoilCare® system for ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) improves IAQ by reducing airborne microbial contaminants that recirculate throughout occupied spaces by as much as 99%. The system is fitted in close proximity to the cooling coil and drain pan of the air handling unit (AHU), restoring the thermal performance of the coiling coil to ‘as built’ and reducing the load on other components of the HVAC system, such as chillers and fans.

An AHU’s cooling coil is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, viruses and mould. Dust and dirt particles become attached to the sticky mould on coil fins and tubes and the resulting build-up is known as biofilm, the accumulation of which directly reduces HVAC system performance. Microbial contaminants from the biofilm recirculate throughout the building, increasing the chances of asthma and cross infection. Other airborne contaminants such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) also directly reduce IAQ.

CoilCare® applies the disinfecting power of ultraviolet C (UVC) band light to an AHU’s cooling coil, eradicating existing biofilm and preventing new biofilm from developing. This system can be applied to new or existing HVAC systems to target occupied spaces and is suitable for commercial offices, healthcare, hospitality, educational facilities and food processing.

UVGI is a proven method of improving indoor air quality and restoring HVAC system efficiency. It is installed across the globe, with some governments mandating it for their own buildings. The initial cost of installing a CoilCare® system is recovered from savings in energy and cleaning costs. Water can be recycled as grey water and the original whole life expectancy of the HVAC system is restored. CoilCare® is a negative cost and payback is typically less than 24 months.

For more information on the CoilCare® system from Gibbons Ultraviolet Solutions, call Colin Hardman on 07940 544206 or email colin@gibbonsgroup.co.uk

HVAC Services, Ultraviolet Solutions

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