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By Tim McGreevy • December 4, 2018

3 Obvious Questions About Indoor Air Quality and Water Quality: Creating Healthy Buildings While Saving Energy and Money

Effectiv is a proud corporate member of both the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) and the Water Quality Association (WQA)!

Through our experience in MEP design, mechanical engineering, and energy reduction plans, we frequently meet facility managers and project managers looking for solutions to indoor air quality (IAQ) and water quality (WQ) issues.  IAQ and WQ are common concerns for industrial and commercial buildings. Even more so, these are major concerns for institutional buildings such as schools, hospitals, and laboratories where the comfort, well-being, and productivity of the buildings' occupants is of utmost importance.

 
While MEP, energy conservation and sustainable building design has alway been our focus,  we realize the growing awareness and importance of creating comfortable, healthy buildings. The effective design, implementation and management of IAQ and WQ systems not only allows for optimal occupant comfort and well-being, but ties back to our goal of energy savings and conservation, by allowing HVAC systems to run at maximum efficiency.
Indoor Air Quality Association Member
 
Water Quality Association Member
 
 
 

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, leaders in IAQ and WQ awareness and improvement, the following health issues can arise from the failure to prevent and respond to IAQ problems:

  • Cough
  • Eye irritation
  • Headache
  • Allergic reactions, and
  • In rarer cases, life-threatening conditions such as:
    • Legionnaire’s Disease & Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

In terms of WQA, the EPA has set standards for over 80 contaminants that may occur in consumers' water and pose a risk to human health.  These risks include "Acute Effects", occurring within hours or days of consuming a contaminant, such as microbes (bacterias and viruses); or "Chronic Effects" which occur over the course of many years and are typically caused by chemicals, radionuclides (such as radium), or minerals (such as Arsenic). 

 

 

With these risks in mind,

there are three obvious questions to answer...

 

 

OBVIOUS QUESTION #1:

 

"Why wouldn't building managers utilize IAQ treatment methods to clean their air, protect their occupants, and save a substantial amount of energy and money?"

 

IT'S A PERPLEXING QUESTION...

This is still perplexing to us. It could be that there is not enough awareness around the environmental, economical and biological benefits of IAQ treatment methods.

ALSO...

It could be that there are not enough Professional Engineering firms with the expertise and experience in Air, Water & Energy Engineering that also have the expertise and experience in the "Economic Engineering" that goes into being able to deliver an advanced, innovative and cost-effective IAQ, WQ, and/or Energy Reduction Project. 

FOR EXAMPLE...

Through our experience and expertise in being able to aggregate the most appropriate utility incentives, grant funding, tax benefits, financing solutions, & energy cost savings - we are ALSO able to improve your bottom line while off-setting capital investment AND exceed your sustainability goals.

MORE SPECIFICALLY...

For complex systems like commercial, industrial and institutional buildings, IAQ treatment can get complicated. There are a variety of factors at play, including the condition of existing HVAC systems, outside air supply, contaminants brought into the building from outside to biological contaminants and pollutants from inside the building. The combination of these contamination and ventilation factors and the effect thereof, is unique to each and every building, campus or portfolio. An individualized IAQ solution should be professionally designed, implemented and managed by a team with ample knowledge and experience in IAQ treatment methods. Which is where we come in! Effectiv can provide turnkey solutions to your unique IAQ issues, while reducing ventilation costs and energy costs substantiallyI mean.. if you're into the whole clean air, save money, reduce energy thing?*
 

 

Similarly, you might be thinking:

 

 

OBVIOUS QUESTION #2:

 

"Why wouldn't building managers utilize commercial water purification methods to clean their water, protect their occupants, and save a substantial amount of energy and money?"

 

ANOTHER PERPLEXING QUESTION...
 
This is still perplexing to us, it could be that there is not enough awareness around the environmental, economical and health benefits of commercial water purification methods.
 

ALSO...

It could be that there are not enough Professional Engineering firms with the expertise and experience in Air, Water & Energy Engineering that also have the expertise and experience in the "Economic Engineering" that goes into being able to deliver an advanced, innovative and cost-effective IAQ, WQ, and/or Energy Reduction Project. 

FOR EXAMPLE...

Through our experience and expertise in being able to aggregate the most appropriate utility incentives, grant funding, tax benefits, financing solutions, & energy cost savings - we are ALSO able to improve your bottom line while off-setting capital investment AND exceed your sustainability goals.

LOOKING DEEPER...
 
Although WQ solutions can also be complex, it's hard for us to find a downside to utilizing water purification systems for commercial, industrial and institutional buildings. While the health benefits of commercial water treatment systems are clearly evident, a hesitant building owner might worry about cost. We have found investing in better water quality pays off in the long AND short run. From a financial standpoint alone, good water quality can save money by: improving equipment efficiency, protecting expensive equipment from issues, extending equipment life span, and lowering the risk of downtime. Combine this with protecting the most valuable of resources: people. It's an investment that makes a lot of sense. Effectiv can provide turnkey solutions to your unique WQ issues while reducing energy costs substantiallyI mean.. if you're into the whole clean air, save money, reduce energy thing?*
 

 

 

Which brings us to our

third (and most crucial) obvious question:

 

 

    OBVIOUS QUESTION #3:

Is saving a substantial amount of energy and money in addition to providing safe and clean water to your commercial building important to you?
 

 

AN IMPORTANT QUESTION TO ASK YOURSELF...

Sorry - we cannot answer this one for you.This is a question that you will have to ask yourself, but we hope that this information helps you to see the importance of indoor air quality and water quality along with the benefits to your occupants AND your bottom line.

 
 
If you find that your answer to the last question is "Yes!", we are happy to help you reach your environmental and economical goals of health, comfort and savings through indoor air quality and water quality improvements. 
 
 
Contact the Effectiv Team at the link below to learn more.. 
 
 
FIND OUT WHAT UNIQUE IAQ AND WQ SOLUTIONS ARE FOR YOU

 


 

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Our user-friendly Effectiv IAQ Energy Savings Calculator tool will allow for real-time estimates on how much your facility can save by implementing our client tailored IAQ treatment methods. For more information on this tool and/or our IAQ & WQ methods, please contact us using the below link.

CONTACT THE EFFECTIV TEAM 

Step into the fresh air with us and save!

 

*If certain conditions exist.