The IWFM has published guidance with a building management systems firm to assist workplace and facilities professionals with improving the health of buildings.
The guidance note developed with Trend Controls “intends to assist workplace and facilities professionals in developing their understanding of the systems and processes that can be successfully adopted to minimise the impact of the spread of pathogens and contaminants, therefore enhancing the health of the buildings they have responsibility for”.
The IWFM said that “with the impacts of the global pandemic, this past year has been one of significant change in the facilities management and workplace arena” and that “social distancing, one-way systems, adapted office layouts and frictionless access are some of the highly visible changes to many workplaces”.
Improved air quality and ventilation strategies are aspects in the care of a building that might not be fully visible to an occupant, said the IWFM.
The note “provides straightforward guidance on the use of techniques and modern technology, irrespective of budgetary or operational requirements, by optimising the use of the premises and associated building services to maintain as healthy and safe environment as possible for occupants”.
Trend Controls said “there is no doubt that healthy buildings are at the front of everyone’s minds today, and the FM community as a whole is fundamental to delivering relevant, practical solutions to address these issues – today and tomorrow” and that “the building management system industry must also help to educate and encourage end users, consultants and specifiers to demand better, sustainable solutions for healthier buildings”.