PRS in the Workplace
Additional benefits of PRS
Safety in the Workplace
With the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic over it is time for real estate holders to assess the cost of months of lockdown and to consider what they can do to ensure tenants and occupants wish to return to work in offices. The ‘work-from-home’ culture will undoubtedly remain to a certain extent but the endless ‘Zoom’ meetings, hunched over a laptop in the spare bedroom are now becoming tiresome. While there is an obvious advantage to removing the ‘daily commute’ from our schedules time spent at the office can be far more productive and the notion of ‘switching off’ at the end of the day has more relevance.
Beyond the personal experiences of office workers there are serious consequences to us not returning to some semblance of ‘normal life’. In major city centres the presence of office communities drives a significant amount of the local economic activity. The coffee shops, mini-marts, restaurants, and pubs rely on the footfall from offices to stay alive.
Our systems are custom-built, and we can provide a solution for most large commercial buildings. Air handling systems vary greatly between buildings so our bespoke approach delivers the best results. For a one-off cost of around £2 per sq. ft our world-leading solution can deliver pathogen-free air through the whole building, without impacting on the visual design of the interior or interfering with the office layout at all.
Time to go PRS… can you afford not to?
- Cost effective over life of building
- Peace of mind for occupants & visitors
- Major protection against SBS
- Improved productivity from workforce
- ESG boost – socially responsible
- Early adopter bonus vs. competitors
- Great publicity for business
- Total building coverage
- Reduce insurance premiums
The pandemic has brought into sharp focus the issues surrounding air quality in buildings. Modern, energy-saving strategies have led to the prevalence of air recirculation, which is often used in contemporary buildings. Such air recirculation systems are often cited as the cause of Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) and are similarly likely to spread airborne pathogens such as Covid-19.
A building with PRS installed is protected against many things detrimental to air quality. While the primary function is to deactivate airborne pathogens, it will naturally also have an impact on Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) and SBS in particular.
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and latterly Environmental, Social, & Corporate Governance (ESG) are forms of self-regulation which aim to ensure that a company’s actions have a positive impact on the environment, consumers, employees, and communities. While CSR aims for accountability ESG makes such efforts measurable. Many institutional investors are now focusing on companies with a strong ESG profile and there is a significant advantage to be gained when fund-raising for refitting existing stock or starting new developments.
The positive impact of PRS on a building is obvious. It supports a company’s clean-air goals and demonstrates it is serious about air quality standards within the building, delivering a world class solution in an eco-friendly manner. Such actions will also reassure tenants and occupants that the building is safe to return to.
Businesses in general are clearly at a crossroads as to how they will operate going forward. While there will be a concerted effort to get workers back to offices the advantages of working from home will still have an impact on how work lives are structured. PRS will be an important part of how businesses demonstrate that workers are safe to return.
Sick Building Syndrome
Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) is estimated to cost the British economy 24.6 million lost working days every year. A report by the World Health Organisation determined that as many as 30% of new and re-modeled buildings around the world could cause illness due to the configuration of their internal airflow.
The pandemic has caused landlords to refocus on the way their properties are managed, particularly with regard to air recirculation. Whether it is protection against a dangerous new virus or just the common cold building owners are going to be more proactive in the coming years.
PRS is indiscriminate. It tackles Covid 19 with all its variants, as well traditional pathogens such as influenza and measles. There is no doubt that our anti-pathogen systems are going to be leading the way in the fight against Sick Building Syndrome.
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