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Why indoor air quality is not a fad

The Healthy Buildings Conference, held recently in central London, addressed issues surrounding indoor air quality in commercial properties and positive outcomes from the event suggests that occupant health and wellbeing is no fad.

Reporting on the Building4Change website, sustainable built environment adviser Paul Toyne was struck by the level of audience engagement at the conference. He believes that any individual is interested in their own wellbeing in the workplace and will therefore understand the importance of improving conditions in occupied spaces.

Toyne also noted that the commercial benefits for employers cannot be ignored, as healthier, happier staff equate to reduced absenteeism and increased productivity.

The sense of shared responsibility among delegates and speakers also impressed Toyne, with a clear recognition that achieving an improvement in indoor air quality requires collaboration between developers, designers, building managers and occupants.

Toyne identifies key drivers for improving health and wellbeing in the workplace: design, behavioural changes and product innovation. This final factor is especially relevant as the existence of groundbreaking ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) solutions becomes more commonly known.

These include pioneering systems such as those provided by Gibbons Ultraviolet Solutions, which apply powerful ultraviolet-C (UVC) light to air and surfaces within buildings in order to remove pollutants and protect occupants.

Leading the Gibbons Ultraviolet Solutions range is CoilCare®, a chemical-free system that uses UVC photoniser lamps mounted within the air handling unit (AHU) of a building’s HVAC system to eliminate contaminants on the cooling coil surface and in the surrounding air.

As well as preventing pollutants from entering occupied spaces, CoilCare® helps return AHU performance to as-new. This can significantly improve energy efficiency and equipment lifespan, while continued use maintains performance by preventing re-accumulation.

The low-maintenance CoilCare® system provides reassurance to building managers that occupants are breathing sterile, healthy air, while a swift return on investment via energy savings makes it an economical solution.

Find out more about CoilCare® by calling Gibbons Ultraviolet Solutions‘ Colin Hardman on 07940 544 206 or email

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