The first question you might ask is why ventilate? There are many good reasons to ventilate, but environmental stability tops the list. David Angelico, president of Air Systems, has this to say: ‘Ventilation of a confined space should be done to stabilise the environment. This provides us a reference point for the most important piece of confined space equipment – the atmospheric monitor. This “stabilisation” of the confined space atmosphere minimises the speed at which the atmosphere can or will change and maximises the reaction time by the worker to evaluate the change and decide if they need to exit the confined space.’
Commercial buildings are responsible for some of the greatest carbon emissions. But, some responsible-minded companies have made a concerted effort to adapt their buildings as much as possible, to ensure they meet new environmental standards. By next year, as many as 48% of new non-residential building construction will be green, according to estimates. Sustainable architecture is no longer rare, and that’s something that’s happened fairly quickly – from 2005 to 2012, the number of new green building designs jumped by 39%.
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It may be surprising to hear, but the world’s most abundant, richest energy supply isn’t one that needs to be created or discovered, but is in fact conserving what already exists. In terms of your workplace, this means adapting your existing (or prospective) building in such a way that makes it more ‘green’ (i.e. making it more energy efficient to reduce its environmental impact).