Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) performance results in improved occupant comfort, well being and productivity. Superior IAQ is fostered by using high quality outdoor air and providing adequate ventilation rates. While this may result in greater energy costs, personnel costs are a significant percentage of operating costs (greater than energy or maintenance costs) and thus strategies that improve employee attendance and performance are encouraged.
Strategies for providing minimum indoor air quality:
Siting: Fresh air intakes were designed to be away from sources of contamination.
Supply Air Capacity: The ventilation system meets the requirements of the reference standard.
Pollutant Source Control: potentially harmful contaminants from occupant activities such as smoking were restricted and contaminants from building materials was minimized by specifying low volatile organic compound (VOC) products.