A call to action for the change in regulation needed to ensure adequate ventilation within workplace & public indoor environments during Covid-19.
We need fresh air to breathe, it’s a fact of life. If there isn’t enough oxygenated air within an indoor environment, humans just don’t function as well. That’s why good air flow is vital.
Good ventilation can also help a work place rid itself of moisture, chemicals, excess carbon dioxide and other indoor pollutants.
However, not every working environment has windows and even those that do will be reliant on the breeze, humidity levels, and the mild climates that permit open windows. Sometimes a mechanical ventilation system is essential.
Good ventilation can improve wellbeing and allow for a healthier environment, increasing comfort levels, clarity, concentration, and of course, productivity.
For more information about ventilation and how JD Cooling can help, please get in touch today.
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How Mechanical Ventilation Works
A mechanical ventilation system improves the indoor air we breathe by removing stale or contaminated air and sending in fresh air from outside. Providing better air circulation, ventilation and air flow. It’s a clever piece of kit that can increase comfort levels, minimise the spread of germs and boost wellbeing in other ways.
Building regulations state that there must be between eight to ten litres of air per second per person in an indoor environment. A JD Cooling ventilation system will exceed this requirement. We can create a bespoke ventilation system for any sized building, from small offices to schools or leisure complexes to large scale factories and pharmaceutical laboratories.
Usually a ventilation system is installed in the ceiling but it can also be designed to harmonise with a variety of environments. Plus, our mechanical ventilation system will always include air filtration to remove pollutants from the fresh air.
Minimising the Spread of Covid-19
Now more than ever, it’s important to consider ways of minimising the spread of airborne viruses. Many of those working in an indoor environment alongside other co-workers or students, may be concerned about breathing in other people’s air.
A mechanical ventilation system improves air flow and removes stale expelled air, and brings in fresh air from outside. This better air flow reduces the risk of spreading germs and viruses because this ventilation improves the air quality and reduces the likelihood of breathing in harmful airborne viruses and germs.
A White Paper – The Importance of Ventilation in the Post-Pandemic Workplace
Covid-19 has intrinsically changed the way we view and manage workplace health and safety. Specifically, the government and scientific community has placed an emphasis on improving the quality of ventilation within indoor environments as a way to minimise the spread of Covid-19. Experts agree that the current rules on ventilation are failing to stop infections, including Covid-19. This development continues to turn health and safety regulation on its head, signalling the beginning of a new model of improved ventilation conditions in workplace environments even as we emerge out of the pandemic.
This white paper is a call to action for the change in regulation needed to ensure adequate ventilation within workplace and public indoor environments. Specifically, incorporating learnings from the pandemic following the devastating impact to wellbeing that poor ventilation can cause. This document provides insight into the importance of workplace ventilation systems in terms of employee wellbeing; the scientific case for good ventilation in minimising the spread of Covid-19 and other viruses; how mechanical ventilation systems work; ways to make the workplace a safer environment; a trend moving from comfort in the workplace to wellbeing within the workplace and concludes with a number of recommendations as we look to the future.
G’s Fresh – Fresh Air Ventilation System
As part of the Covid-19 response and the research that good building ventilation reduces the risk of Covid-19 through airborne transmission, G’s Fresh approached JD Cooling to design and install an energy-efficient fresh-air ventilation system to meet guidelines.
“The benefit of this will be felt by up to 130 members of staff working throughout the office and some smaller office areas and meeting rooms.
The project was led by the HVAC department of JD Cooling Group, delivered on time and within budget with the feedback from our staff being incredibly positive.”
Read the full case study here.
We can install a ventilation system into almost any indoor environment.
If you’d like to discuss a project with us, call one of our engineers for a free consultation on 01553 767 446 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org