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WELL and BRE agreement simplifies healthy building best practice

A new agreement between the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) and BRE is set to help the integration of health and wellbeing measures in Europe’s built environment. The partnership aims to align the WELL Building Standard and BREEAM – evidence-based systems that promote continual improvements in building standards, with health and environmental considerations at their core.

The benefits of ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) for removing contaminants in occupied spaces are becoming increasingly recognised, with the WELL Building Standard recommending it for microbe and mould control and advanced air purification.

The WELL Building Standard recommends “the use of ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) devices to manage mold and bacteria on cooling coils,” linking these contaminants to “asthma, headaches, allergies and other respiratory system disorders.”

The Standard goes on to instruct that UV light should be applied to the cooling coils and drain pans of mechanical air supply systems in order to reduce or remove mould.

For buildings located close to processing plants and roads carrying high volumes of traffic, the WELL Building Standard highlights the problem of outdoor air pollution entering via HVAC systems and being circulated within. Along with carbon filters to capture volatile organic compounds and ozone, the Standard recommends UVGI in order to destroy bacteria, viruses and mould in circulating indoor air within spaces that hold more than 10 regular occupants.

Drawing on decades of experience in the building services sector, Gibbons Ultraviolet Solutions supplies a range of low-maintenance HVAC cleaning systems for occupied spaces such as offices, schools and healthcare facilities to name just a few.

Mounted within the air handling unit, our CoilCare® system applies ultraviolet-C (UVC) light to the cooling coil and drain pan (as specified by the WELL Building Standard); removing contaminants and preventing re-growth with continued use.

As a visual example of the power of CoilCare®, the image to the right shows two petri dish samples taken from the same air handling unit surface, before and after the installation of our innovative system.  

Along with helping to protect the health and wellbeing of building occupants, CoilCare® is effective at increasing employee productivity, reducing absence rates and extending HVAC equipment life.

For more information on the innovative CoilCare® system and Gibbons’ other ultraviolet solutions, call Colin Hardman on 07940 544206 or email

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