Indoor Environmental Quality

indoor_environment_imgThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that Americans spend about 90% of their day indoors, where the air quality can be significantly worse than outside. The Indoor Environmental Quality credit category promotes strategies that can improve indoor air as well as providing access to natural daylight and views and improving acoustics.

The Watson Land Company Headquarters approached its indoor environmental quality needs in the following ways:

  • Building access includes walk-off mats and dedicated exhaust systems to control sources of indoor pollutants
  • HVAC systems include high efficiency (MERV-13) particulate filtration
  • HVAC system also includes supplemental outdoor air filtration and outdoor air quality monitoring
  • Carpets, paints, adhesives, and other construction materials used have low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions
  • Each private office includes individual control HVAC and lighting systems
  • All workstations include individual control over lighting systems
  • The building provides daylight and or views to the vast majority of work stations and regularly occupied spaces within the building
  • A comprehensive indoor air quality management plan was followed during construction and a predetermined “building flush out” period was provided prior to occupancy
  • Smoking is prohibited on the premises

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