Elena Veneziani, from UL’s Environment and Sustainability Division explains in this video interview why the current health emergency makes the building indoor environmental quality increasingly important.
Actually, the aspects to be focused, the protocols and monitoring to be carried out for phase 2 and for the next phases confirm the approach Healthy Building and UL have always supported even before the health emergency.
During the so-called phase 2 of corona virus emergency, the construction community is paying greater attention to the building indoor environmental quality, specially focusing on people’s health and safety.
Actually, these challenges have always been important for UL, which in the United States has developed an expertise to meet the needs of asset owners and facility managers who ask how to be able to open buildings safely for users.
The methodology UL has always promoted is based on inspections, protocols and controls to be implemented, particularly on air conditioning systems, water and air quality.
Constant monitoring is essential to establish continuous and above all proactive activity.
The current unprecedented pandemic pushes us to give even greater importance to materials quality in terms of hygiene and safety; and the quality of the furnishings that must consider the ergonomics of the new relationships imposed by covid-19.
Materials and furnishings must be safe, but – as we have always argued – also sustainable.
In the next phases, issues related to eco-sustainability will be increasingly strong, in particular by adopting carbon free policies and performance indicators.