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Why Should Ventilation Be A Key Consideration For Commercial Buildings And Developments?

Energy efficient building practices have led to many new commercial buildings and developments becoming airtight. The days of being able to open a window are almost extinct in offices, shopping centres, schools and restaurants, making ventilation more important than ever. 

With every development, the health and comfort of workers, customers and guests must be a key consideration. This can be achieved from day one with the integration of a well designed ventilation system which will improve the airflow and air quality of your new development.   

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Stop Sick Building Syndrome

Experts have linked Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) to indoor air quality problems. These problems can be exacerbated by poor design, incorrect use of the premises or insufficient building maintenance.

SBS occurs when occupants experience health issues, discomfort and problems as a result of spending time in a particular building. The symptoms suffered quickly disappear once the occupant leaves the affected structure.  

Symptoms people may suffer as a result of SBS include:

  • Fatigue, drowsiness and difficulty concentrating
  • Severe physical discomfort.
  • Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
  • Headaches
  • Coughs and irritated throats
  • Itchy eyes
  • Nasal irritation and runny noses
  • Feelings of nausea

Insufficient ventilation, VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) and biological toxins (mould spores, bacteria, viruses, pollen, dust/dust mites) is a catalyst for SBS. 

Office and commercial spaces are predisposed to a build-up of VOCs. VOCs are harmful, airborne chemicals that can be produced by carpets, paint, printing and photocopying machines and cleaning supplies. HVAC air filters are incapable of trapping and removing VOCs, they must be removed by open windows or ventilation systems. 

As open windows are no longer an option, install a suitable ventilation system to draw out the stale toxic air and replace it with fresh air. VOCs, mould spores and other airborne biological contaminants are the cause of sick building syndrome and irritate asthma, allergies and other respiratory illnesses. Providing proper airflow will ensure your workers, customers and guests stay longer, work more productively and enjoy improved health. 

Save Money On Heating And Cooling

A damp building is harder to heat in winter and sweaty and uncomfortable in summer.  Using your ventilation system to help control the humidity levels in your building is a great way to reduce the energy consumption of heating and air conditioning (without all the complaints from your guests and workers!)

What Is The Best Way To Increase Ventilation In Commercial Buildings?

Riteflo provides a range of complete commercial ventilation solutions to help you increase the airflow in your next development. All Riteflo’s systems are self propelled so their day to day running does not rely on sunlight or electricity. This provides great savings on running costs and gives you the freedom to benefit from improved airflow and quality 24 hours a day. 

Riteflo ventilation systems operate using the natural differences between indoor and outdoor air pressure and wind, with fans that remove stale, toxic air and introduce fresh air and natural light. 

Benefits of Riteflo Ventilation products

  • No electricity, which means no running costs
  • Environmentally friendly so you can reduce your greenhouse gas emissions
  • Silent operation

Contact The Riteflo Team To Help You Ventilate Your Next Building Project

A Riteflo commercial ventilation system will help you say goodbye to mildew, mould and dampness. Our top of the line range is Australia’s number 1 non electrical ventilation system and will help you improve the health of your building occupants, reduce future maintenance and increase energy efficiency for your future builds.

Every project is different, and our team of experts can work with you to develop a tailored ventilation system according to your clients’ preferences. 

Contact us online or call and speak to one of Riteflo’s ventilation experts on 02 9981 2210 to find out more about how a Riteflo ventilation system can help you reduce condensation and make your commercial building healthier and more efficient.