The importance of air management

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Published: 06 February 2019


Building technology manufacturer Priva has highlighted how effective air management of services including air conditioning and ventilation is crucial to health and productivity in the workplace in the wake of a major new study.

The report, led by Oxford Brookes University and LCMB Building Performance and issued in December, says that CO2 levels in offices are ‘silently damaging UK productivity’. Monitoring levels and testing workers continually over a two-year period, the study showed that personnel are able to work up to 60% faster in environments with lower CO2 concentrations.

In addition, it says increased intake of CO2 can lead to poor decision-making, slower reaction times and greater tiredness.

The report highlights the need for building owners and facilities managers to review the impact that primary building systems can have on employee wellbeing.

Priva says that alongside lighting, heating and noise control, effective air monitoring and management technology should be a priority for any new-build or retrofit project. Its 
Touchpoint One technology – which allows users to adjust room conditions including heating and cooling via a user-friendly user interface – clearly highlights the status of CO2 levels with the help of clear graphical icons .
 
Recent data from the Office for National Statistics indicates that UK productivity is 26.2% lower than Germany based on GDP per hour worked.
 
Priva UK & Ireland sales manager Gavin Holvey said: “Providing workplaces with lower CO2 levels is one of the most direct routes possible to improving employee health/wellbeing and boosting output. At Priva we stand ready to assist all types of enterprise who wish to prioritise CO2 control with guidance and a host of cost-effective systems that can help them to monitor and manage air quality quickly and efficiently.”