Indoor air and water quality is not something many people give too much attention to when it comes to the office buildings where they work and spend most of their time during the day. At home, they invest in products like air purifiers and water filtration systems; at work, they rely on their employer or building owner and, most of the time, they take what they get without sometimes even considering if it may or may not affect their health, writes Dr. Darren Allen, Director of the Healthy by Design Building Institute, in an opinion piece for Property Forum.
The pandemic changed peoples’ perception about the quality of the built environment where they choose to spend their time. The same goes for employers and building owners. As the vaccination against COVID-19 progresses and employees gradually return to the office, hopes are high that life will soon return to normal, including in the office, even though highly likely in a different set-up than before.
Some of the shortcomings of poor indoor air quality are already known. Research conducted by air quality authorities all over the world have shown time and again that indoor air can be more polluted than outdoor air and that effects on people can be significant. Nose and throat irritation, fatigue, and headaches are just a few of the symptoms that could be experienced.