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Indoor Air Quality Control Is Crucial for the Health and Wellbeing of Building Occupiers

One year on and the things we know now about Coronavirus are at the forefront of everyone’s minds, one of the most important is the quality of the air that we breathe, which is crucial in the fight against the spread of COVID-19.

Coronavirus lingers in the air in spaces with no fresh air, increasing the risk of people breathing in infected particles. The risk can be reduced significantly by regularly ventilating enclosed areas. Which is why improving indoor air quality is key to stopping the spread of COVID-19. And with all eyes on how businesses can make their staff feel safe at work there is much work to be done for the health and wellbeing of occupants.

Pre-COVID-19, the main considerations for an efficient HVAC system was to be well managed for wellness and comfort as well as energy efficient for carbon and cost reduction. Now in a COVID-19 world, the considerations for wellness and energy efficiency still stand, however the guidelines for the new way in which we need to operate HVAC systems for clean air will have an immediate impact on energy efficiency and associated costs.

The role of IoT and digital platforms like our CODA device will be critical to managing internal air quality (IAQ) and wellness as well as managing energy efficiency to ensure that pre-COVID energy efficiency targets aren’t blown out of the water.

To reduce the spread of COVID-19 and its impact on building occupiers, IoT devices like CODA focus on:

  • Managing humidity and temperature levels
  • Managing occupancy levels
  • Delivering natural ventilation where possible – no more recirculation of air
  • Ensure for a constant trickle of air flow even when the building is unoccupied
  • Sensor technology delivering alerts that measure internal air quality that would facilitate a higher viral load

CODA can manage the building systems according to CIBSE guidelines to ensure the buildings are COVID-Secure and through innovative software and dashboards, deliver insights into the impact on energy efficiency and identify other opportunities to reduce consumption and cost in post-COVID times. The software also validates on the IAQ of the building giving owners and occupiers peace of mind that the building is COVID-secure.


For more information or to find out how the team at Shields Energy can help you, please call us on +44 345 241 2889 or email info@shields.energy.

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