In an era where health and well-being have taken centre stage, the quality of the air we breathe indoors has never been more important. Poor indoor air quality (IAQ) can lead to a range of health issues, including allergies, respiratory problems, and decreased productivity. To address these concerns, companies and building owners are increasingly turning to organisations like AirRated to assess and improve the air quality in their indoor spaces. We’ve pulled together everything you need to know about AirRated's AirScore certification, its significance, and how it contributes to healthier and more sustainable built environments.
What is AirRated’s AirScore certification?
AirRated is a leading global organisation specialising in indoor air quality assessment and certification. Founded on the principle that everyone has the right to breathe clean air, AirRated helps organisations to measure, improve, and certify IAQ in various indoor environments, from offices and residences to schools and healthcare facilities.
AirRated's AirScore certification is the cornerstone of this approach – considered a hallmark of excellence in indoor air quality, providing building owners, tenants, and occupants with a clear understanding of the air quality within their spaces. The certification process involves a thorough assessment and analysis of multiple IAQ parameters, resulting in a quantifiable score that reflects the overall quality of the indoor environment.
Key aspects of AirScore Certification
Data Collection: To best understand the state of any current or future project, AirScore aims to collect as wide a range of data as it can related to indoor air quality. This includes measurements of particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM10), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), carbon dioxide (CO2) levels, temperature, humidity, and outdoor air quality metrics. These parameters are the cornerstone of AirScore’s ability to assess IAQ and its impact on occupants' health and comfort.
Real-time Monitoring: AirRated recommends the use of state-of-the-art monitoring equipment to gather real-time data, providing a dynamic and accurate picture of IAQ. This ranges from small-scale single sensor deployments to entire space sensor arrays depending on the scale and scope of the project. These sensors allow for continuous monitoring and ensure that indoor air quality remains at a consistently high level.
Comprehensive Analysis: Instead of relying on on-the-fly algorithms, a space’s AirScore is instead dictated by an in-depth analysis of the data gathered by an AirScore expert. This analysis compares the data against established and evolving IAQ standards and guidelines, like those set by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
AirScore Rating: After rigorous analysis, AirRated assigns a numerical AirScore to the indoor environment, typically on a scale of 1 to 100. This score is therefore reflective of the overall quality of the air, with higher scores indicating better IAQ.
Benefits of AirScore Certification
Health and Well-being: AirScore certification is a great way to demonstrate that your indoor spaces are prioritising the health and well-being of occupants. By maintaining high IAQ standards, building owners can reduce the risk of respiratory problems and allergies among occupants, leading to improved overall comfort and productivity.
Sustainability: IAQ assessments and improvements can be a significant contributor to sustainability efforts. A healthy indoor environment reduces the need for energy-intensive ventilation and filtration systems, leading to reduced energy consumption and carbon emissions. Understanding peaks and troughs can also help to regulate usage according to space utilisation rather than traditional ‘9-to-5’ hours.
Marketability: AirScore certification can help to improve the marketability of commercial and residential properties. In a competitive office tenancy environment, prospective tenants and buyers are increasingly seeking spaces that prioritise air quality and overall comfort as a way to improve office attendance.
Compliance: Meeting or exceeding IAQ standards and guidelines ensures your spaces are compliant with any local regulations relating to air quality and helps to demonstrate a commitment to occupant health and safety.
AirRated's AirScore certification offers a comprehensive and data-driven approach to improving indoor air quality in various built environments. By quantifying IAQ through this certification process, building owners and occupants gain valuable insights into the health and sustainability of their indoor spaces.
It is also wise to consider whether any of the other sustainability standards might be a better fit for your space, including LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), RESET (Regenerative Ecological, Social and Economic Targets), BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) and WELL. We here at NCG can help you do that.
As the importance of indoor air quality continues to grow, AirRated's certification is a straightforward way to demonstrate your commitment to your space. It is helping to create healthier, more productive, and environmentally responsible indoor environments.