Spotlight on Air Quality Monitoring

Due to the increase in public awareness of health issues surrounding air quality and the improving technology in air quality monitoring, we are seeing more new products for residential, commercial and industrial applications. Internet connected devices enable near real time data collection and continuous monitoring, as well as making sense of the copious amounts of data collected.

Previous versions of air quality monitoring products were limited by the expensive nature of installation and configuration, as well as the ability to store massive points of data that relate to each other. With the advent of internet connected sensors, thousands of data points can be collected simultaneously and can be used to monitor variability in spaces and time. This leads to more accurate and more accessible air quality monitoring, and helps businesses identify problems with their environments.

We are working to incorporate this data into the larger context of your Condense model. By integrating all aspects of the building, including air quality monitoring results, Condense will be able to identify where inefficiencies and poorly calibrated systems exist in your building. The three main types of air quality monitoring technologies include optical sensors, electrochemical sensors, metal-oxide sensors. Dozens of these high quality air monitoring products are currently available on the market (a sample list is included below). The best technology for you depends on the on the main risks in your building. The products can detect any combination of the following indoor air quality risks: dangerous gaseous levels, VOC’s, airborne particulate matter, temperature, humidity, and even light intensity and noise.

In addition to building efficiencies, green certification programs such as LEED, the WELL Standard, Fitwel and the Healthy Buildings Challenge emphasize air quality as a major factor in health and productivity of building occupants. According to the WELL Standard[1], studies have shown that building users value indoor environmental quality over virtually any other environmental or sustainability amenity offered in the workplace. In addition, the attention to continuous indoor air quality monitoring results in a 5 to 10 percent improvement in productivity. 

As a building owner or facility manager, the cost savings found in high performing buildings is a great motivator to seek efficiencies in every building system. Given new research in tenant priorities of cost savings in talent retention and employee productivity, and the growing accessibility of air quality monitoring systems for every type of building, we expect to continue to see a rise in the popularity of these products and are excited to integrate their results into our Condense tool!


[1] http://healthybuildings.com/services/indoor-environmental-quality/

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