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Continued Strive Towards Being Green Calls for Better Indoor Air Quality

Posted on January 10, 2017
by Melissa Asplund

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, allowing buildings to be part of a green building certification program. Many facilities are taking a stand in the race for generating a greener, healthier environment for our future. What most do not know is that there is a new supplemental green building certification program that goes hand-in-hand with LEED. This is called The Well Standard.

While LEED focuses on how a building is giving back to the environment, The Well Standard’s primary focus is on the people inside the building and their well-being. How good is this building for its inhabitants? LEED and The Well Standard were designed to work together in achieving recognition for the best practices to ensure the longevity of our planet. There are seven main categories in which a facility must excel in order to be Well Certified. These categories are air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind. Although all categories are vital for success in this program, Airtek Indoor Air Solutions will specifically be able to assist in the air category.

The air category has the most features of any other category in The Well Standard. A feature is a function within a building that is monitored in order to be granted the Well Certification. You must pass a certain amount of features per category in order to complete the certification. Some features in the air category include the following: ventilation effectiveness, air filtration, microbe and mold control, construction pollution management, healthy entrance, pesticide management, moisture management, air quality monitoring and feedback, operable windows, advanced air purification, and toxic material reduction.

The indoor air quality inside a building can be compromised due to off-gassing of materials within the building. Since it is said that humans spend 90% of their life indoors, the indoor air quality is a vital factor to our health. Poor indoor air quality can lead to asthma, allergies, and other respiratory diseases. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ranks poor indoor air quality as one of the top five environmental hazards to public health.

The indoor air quality can significantly improve due to a professional air duct cleaning from a National Air Duct Cleaning Association (NADCA) certified company. This can help with many of the features in the air category for The Well Standard including: air quality standards, ventilation effectiveness, Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) reduction, air filtration, microbe and mold control, and more.

Proper air standards from a Well Certification can lead to an overall better environment. The Well Standard is proven to make 83% of building inhabitants feel more productive. 92% of the effected people said their new space from the Well Certification has a positive impact on their business performance, and 93% said they are able to collaborate more easily with other.

Airtek Indoor Air Solutions has been in business for over twenty years. Whether you are considering to adopt The Well Standard in your building, or you just want to improve you air quality in your building or home, Airtek is here to help. Free estimates are provided. For more information, call Airtek Indoor Air Solutions at 1-877-858-6213 today.

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