Everybody has heard about air quality and how it is clearly important to our health. However, do we know what it is and what it is measuring?

The COVID pandemic has changed our perception of public areas, especially indoor spaces. Given the importance of Indoor Air Quality we invited three experts to help everyone to better understand this topic in our InnoTalks Episode 2. 

Kamlesh Pohekar, Co-Founder and Principal Architect of VEVRA, is an architect and urban designer in India. In his career so far he gained extensive and diversified experience in a wide range of projects. He is keen on making the use of latest knowledge to make building designs sustainable in long run. With 15 plus years of experience in field of architecture and urban design Kamlesh will help us to understand how the design & construction of a building has a direct correlation to indoor air quality.

Professor Doctor Filipe Caseiro Alves is a Portuguese Hospital Director and Radiologist, with more than 30 years of experience. Dr Alves will be sharing with us his daily precautions regarding the air quality inside the hospitals and how it affects the doctors and patients’ daily routines.

Finally, our in-house expert is Helder Fernandes, the Head of Product of ViGIE, an IoT company by InnoWave. Helder will explain the direct benefits of monitoring indoor air quality and how IoT sensors are changing people’s lives.

Let’s start by defining what is Air Quality and what are we measuring?

According to Helder Fernandes, it is critical that we measure the CO2 level, the temperature, relative humidity and the air renovation. Those are key factors that determine the quality of the air we are breathing.

Air quality is always of general concern, but since the COVID pandemic, people are more aware about its’ importance. Most of the population spends much of their time indoors, where rarely the parameters of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) are within the desirable levels.

With growing environmental concerns, technology has evolved in order to improve our living and working spaces.

The Green building concept emerges from this constant concern of having healthy facilities while reducing the negative impact in our planet. Natural light, air renovation have a direct influence on occupant’s health while energetic efficiency is crucial to sustainability.

The importance of having a sustainable construction with well isolated rooms applies to both public and private buildings.

When we talk about occupant’s health, for example, in hospitals, there are several critical variables that we must control.  Improving the air quality in a room full of sick patients, can make a massive difference in the recovery process.

Another example is in schools, where poor air quality levels have a negative impact on students productivity and attention levels.

In Episode 2 of InnoTalks our guests explain the importance of air quality ,the real impact in our daily lives and what can we do to increase the quality of the air we breathe.

Stay tuned!

by Andreia Mitreiro, Marketing and Communication Coordinator at InnoWave