Jaros, Baum & Bolles, New York City
With increased time indoors and increased population density, the indoor environment becomes more important each day. With this comes the challenge of providing optimal conditions for people to thrive in health, happiness, and, in the business environment, productivity. Improved indoor air quality, through increased ventilation and a reduction in CO2 and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), has been clinically proven to enhance the general well-being of occupants and to increase productivity; however, increasing outdoor air rates results in an increase in building energy usage, which is counter to sustainability goals and energy codes. This presentation focused on the link between indoor air quality and productivity, and illustrates how building standards for ventilation do not address these recent findings. Innovation in the HVAC industry through new technologies and products to address this problem – such as filtration, microsensors and carbon capture – were discussed, in addition to how they can be implemented in high-rise construction.
As population density and verticality within our cities increases, an indoor environment with optimal air quality and ventilation becomes increasingly more critical to fostering health and well-being within the workplace as well as enhancing productivity.