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The health and productivity benefits of green building design

Significant benefits to the health and productivity of workers can be achieved by implementing ‘green’ building design, according to a report from the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC).

The study (‘Building the Business Case’) uses 15 buildings around the world to demonstrate the value of implementing green building design via improved air quality, greater natural light and increased thermal comfort.

In total, the report examines eight critical factors of building design:

  • Indoor air quality and ventilation
  • Thermal comfort
  • Daylighting and lighting
  • Noise and acoustics
  • Interior layout and active design
  • Biophilia and views
  • Look and feel
  • Location and access to amenities

Of all these elements, indoor air quality (IAQ) should be a focal point for architects and facilities managers, particularly in the wake of recent press highlighting the links between poor IAQ and health problems. The WorldGBC report identified that a well-ventilated office can double cognitive ability and that staff performance can drop by 6 per cent if the ambient temperature is outside comfortable levels.

In order to protect the health, wellbeing and productivity of building occupants, building designers and facilities managers are increasingly turning to innovative air and surface cleaning technology such as ultraviolet-C (UVC) light systems.

Gibbons Ultraviolet Solutions, in association with BioZone Scientific International, supplies state-of-the-art UVC light disinfection systems in buildings such as hospitals, offices and schools.

One such system is CoilCare®, which destroys 99% of contaminants from the cooling coil surface within an air handling unit (AHU). The equipment can be fitted to new and existing installations, offering a permanent solution that eradicates germs, bacteria and viruses and prevents future build-up.

In addition to the health benefits of a CoilCare® installation, the system can improve HVAC energy efficiency by around 25 per cent, as dirty cooling coils can seriously impede performance. Average return on investment is just 24 months.

Find out more about CoilCare® or the rest of Gibbons Ultraviolet Solutions’ range of products by calling Colin Hardman on 07940 544206 or email colin@gibbonsgroup.co.uk

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