From coast to coast, more and more state and local governments are implementing green building codes to decrease the built environment’s impact on climate change. (Learn more about green building initiatives.)
As people return to their offices, changes to air quality in the built environment will help create safer spaces.
Kurt Karnatz and Saagar Patel offered insights about this topic during a Gensler panel on indoor air quality, and the duo also contributed to the Gensler blog, “An Air Filtration Primer for Building Owners and Developers.” Karnatz and Patel, along with other panelists, pointed out that to consider indoor air quality as a way to mitigate the spread of viruses, the first step is to determine how air quality impacts viruses and other air-driven pathogens. Other points expressed included that building owners should look to standardized measuring systems to assess air quality, along with the fact that air filtration systems can be an important element in the mitigation of the effects of pathogens.