Transforming a building lobby to be more appealing to tenants and visitors could change the space’s environment in unexpected ways. Window condensation could become a problem if proper planning is ignored. (Learn more about the condensation issues.)
According to recent article published by Propmodo magazine, properly installed and maintained intelligent water systems protect building owners and managers from getting into legal hot water while also keeping tenants and visitors healthier and safer.
In his recent article, “Intelligent Water Systems Can Help Keep Occupants Safe,” ESD Operations Director for Technical Support Services James Dipping offers facility owners and operators some timely advice. He says many are reexamining the traditional functions of their buildings as tenants seek greater flexibility, connectivity, comfort, health, and safety.
According to Dipping, integrating an intelligent domestic water system and water management plan can mitigate health and safety risks and help avoid potential lawsuits for negligence. His article outlines several points to consider to get the most out of these systems, including:
- Look for hidden pathogen risks, especially the Legionell pneumophilia bacterium which is responsible for approximately 90 percent of all water borne disease illnesses.
- Beware of treating water with high temperatures to control disease as it may lead to unexpected scalding injuries.
- Be cautious how water conservation fixtures are applied since modern low-flow plumbing could create an ideal environment for the growth of pathogens.
Dipping says it is also up to plumbing industry professionals to promote the same level of awareness and safety as seen in other industries promoting healthy air quality.
James Dipping brings more than two decades of experience to his role as technical director, plumbing engineering. He freely shares his knowledge with other industry professionals to further ESD’s mission to improve society through the built environment.
For more information on how our engineers can help with your project or how plumbing engineering may impact your facility, reach out to ESD’s Plumbing Engineering team.