A study in 2015 by Upstate Medical University and Syracuse University, supported by United Technologies, demonstrated that improved indoor environmental quality doubled cognitive function test scores. Allergic reactions, fatigue, headaches and eye irritations are just some of the problems caused by poor IAQ, and businesses could potentially be put off renting an office space if it is likely to have an adverse effect on their staff’s production.
Andrew Gaskell, Chairman of the CBCA, said: “A common problem with HVAC systems that take air from ceiling voids is that ceiling voids collect dust and debris, which lowers air quality. This problem can be avoided through the use of active chilled beams as they only induce air from the room and not from the ceiling void. Radiant chilled ceilings and radiant chilled beams can be used with displacement ventilation to achieve better air quality.”
In the wake of Prime Minister Theresa May’s recent speech on science and modern industrial strategy, the CBCA says the technology behind chilled beams and ceilings is well placed to play a significant role in reducing carbon emissions and the UK’s dependence on imported fuel. In her speech, Mrs May said: “By making our buildings more energy efficient and embracing smart technologies, we can slash household energy bills, reduce demand for energy, and meet our targets for carbon reduction.”
Gaskell added: “A happy, healthy and committed workforce is a productive one. The choice of HVAC system should therefore play a much more prominent role in the future of workplace design. Chilled beams provide consistent energy saving over long periods of time together with optimum levels of comfort throughout the life of a building.”
The CBCA is a member of the Federation of Environmental Trade Associations