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The top 5 reasons for facilities managers to consider air quality.

Topic: ventilation, Management, Wellbeing, Indoor environment, Facilities management

Air quality is impacted by carbon dioxide, volatile organic compounds, nitrogen oxides and humidity. Good air quality management has many benefits:

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The top 5 reasons for facilities managers to consider air quality.

Monitoring the indoor environment: wearables vs fixed sensors.

Topic: Building behaviour, health, Management, TM40, Wellbeing, Indoor environment

Recommendations for promoting workplace health and wellbeing often include monitoring the indoor environment using wearable sensors. Our view is that a fixed sensor network is a better option as it records more parameters, does not depend on who is wearing what sensor and is less intrusive.

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Monitoring the indoor environment: wearables vs fixed sensors.

Viruses indoors 5: The winter vomiting bug.

Topic: health, Office, TM40, Wellbeing, Indoor environment

The winter vomiting bug is caused by the norovirus which spreads rapidly through aerosols and surfaces, survives for days or weeks between human hosts and is resistant to ammonia and alcohol-based cleaning products. We suggest that ultraviolet could be used to control its spread, especially public toilets and...

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Viruses indoors 5: The winter vomiting bug.

Viruses indoors 2: Licht und Luft.

Topic: health, TM40, Wellbeing, COVID-19, Indoor environment

Modernist architecture in the early 20th century adopted the Licht und Luft principle, maximising light and ventilation to combat tuberculosis. Amid another airborne disease pandemic, the same principles apply: the ultraviolet component of sunlight kills viruses and good ventilation is an established approach to...

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Viruses indoors 2: Licht und Luft.

Viruses indoors 3: Introducing the common cold.

Topic: health, TM40, Wellbeing, Indoor environment

The modern urban environment is ideal for the transmission of respiratory viruses, which is why the common cold spreads so fast. COVID-19 spreads using the same mechanisms but is far more serious because it can cause pneumonia and long-term illnesses. Developing ways to limit the spread of viruses in the built...

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Viruses indoors 3: Introducing the common cold.

Viruses indoors 1: The urban incubator.

Topic: health, TM40, Wellbeing, COVID-19, Indoor environment

The urban environment facilitates respiratory virus transmission. COVID-19 is now the major threat but the common cold has long had a serious impact on wellbeing, personal income and the economy. The factors by which urban living aids virus transmission are known but little attempt has been made to address them.

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Viruses indoors 1: The urban incubator.