• Offices

The quality of office buildings has a significant impact on businesses, with staff demanding office buildings that deliver ever better economic, social and environmental performance.

In designing any ventilation system it is necessary to understand the functions required for the application. Within an office environment, the key factors are to:

  • Supply sufficient fresh air into the office building.
  • Provide adequate indoor air quality by removing and/or diluting the pollutants from the occupied spaces.

The facility spaces used for general office, professional and administrative purposes, including all supporting functions such as kitchens used by staff, lobbies, atria, conference rooms, fitness areas for staff, storage areas, stairways and elevator shafts means that ventilation is a major concern to businesses, building managers, tenants and employees, because of the impact upon health, comfort, well being and the productivity of building occupants.

The subject of improving air quality in offices has previously related mainly to sick building syndrome, although more recently it has been suggested sick building syndrome is not linked to the type of ventilation system, but is more likely to be a function of how well systems have been installed, managed and operated.

While most buildings do not have severe ventilation problems, even well-run buildings can sometimes experience incidents of poor indoor air quality. There are a number of influences that affect occupants comfort and productivity in an office, besides those which directly impact the levels of pollutants to which people are exposed.

A number of environmental and personal factors can affect how people perceive the indoor air quality, in particular:

  • Body odours
  • Temperature and whether it is too hot or cold
  • Air velocity and movement and whether it is too drafty or stuffy
  • Heat or glare from sunlight
  • The safe and efficient operation of combustion appliances
  • Ozone and carbon emissions from printers and photocopiers
  • Glare from ceiling lights, especially on motor screens
  • Furniture crowding and stress in the workplace
  • Prevention of radon gas entering a space through air intakes or the foundations
  • Allowance for smoke clearance in the event of a tire

Whether it is a larger office building, or a smaller office environment, ventilation must provide comfortable surroundings for office staff, so occupants have a tempered, humidity controlled, quiet, as well as draught tree office environment.

Modern offices and buildings have a far greater need for fresh air supply, especially where window openings are not permitted, such as high rise office buildings, where the importance of mechanical ventilation becomes more apparent.

Furthermore, with office staff sitting behind their desks the majority of their time, they get little exercise, so comfort in the office is even more important to enhance concentration, limit fatigue and increase their overall efficiency.

Elta Fans’ provide a wide range of ventilation products for office buildings, from small offices to much larger buildings, so for more information, please look at examples of typical products that could be used for these applications, or alternatively, please contact us to discuss your specific application requirement.