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The UVC system that improves the health and happiness of building occupants

An article in the May issue of Facilities Management Journal (‘Model Buildings’) suggests an interesting method for measuring the wellbeing of building occupants, an issue that is becoming increasingly important to businesses looking to protect staff and maximise productivity.

The proposal involves placing a value upon factors such as satisfaction, happiness and positivity in workplaces and other shared spaces, combining the existing Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale (WEMWBS) and the Questionnaire for Eudaimonic Wellbeing (QEWB) in order to make measurements.

Unlike the WELL Building Standard – administered by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) – these scales are not directly related to the built environment. WELL is a performance-based system that “marries best practices in design and construction with evidence-based health and wellness interventions.”

Achieving WELL certification involves the implementation of strategies, programs and technologies in order to promote healthier, more active lifestyles and protect building occupants from harmful chemicals and pollutants.

The IWBI’s performance verification procedure examines air and water quality and takes up to three days to complete. Organisations are re-assessed every three years, and as well as improving the health, comfort and happiness of building occupants, maintaining WELL accreditation helps to improve public perception of the business.

Facilities managers can go a long way towards achieving WELL certification by improving HVAC system performance with air and surface disinfection equipment such as CoilCare®.

This ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) system, developed by BioZone Scientific International, is supplied and fitted by Gibbons Ultraviolet Solutions and uses ultraviolet-C (UVC) light to remove 99% of contaminants from the cooling coil surface within an HVAC air handling unit (AHU).

The system is easily retrofitted to existing installations and is ideal for use in buildings such as offices, hospitals, schools, restaurants and food production facilities.

For more information about CoilCare®, or how Gibbons Ultraviolet Solutions can help with WELL Building Standard certification, call Colin Hardman on 07940 544206 or email colin@gibbonsgroup.co.uk

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