Smart Buildings and Wellness: Wireless IAQ Sensors and Cloud Monitoring

Smart Buildings and Wellness: Wireless IAQ Sensors and Cloud Monitoring


March 2017

In China's challenging environment, where outdoor air routinely exceeds the WHO 24-hour PM2.5 exposure limit by 10x, real-time monitoring data is now used by many facilities managers to manage indoor air quality. For IEQ professionals, continuous monitoring of the indoor environment provides an insight to the bigger picture which spot testing can sometimes omit. By going one step further and measuring other parameters such as water, sound, light, and occupancy density, building owners and operators can allow their buildings to "talk" to them about their performance. Research of health analytics provided by the team behind RESET, a green building certification focused on IAQ, suggests that buildings and companies in Shanghai, China who have taken steps to improve the indoor environmental quality offer their employees longer life. The data is derived from fixed air quality monitors and focuses on PM2.5 which is now considered a primary responsible pollutant for cancers and early mortality. As a consequence, in Shanghai, one of the world's fiercest battlefields for talent, good employees are increasingly considering workplace health and safety as a factor in selecting where and for whom to work. Measured "wellness" data is also applicable outside of China, as before long we will also be able to incorporate wearable data devices which can generate an overall wellness score for a building. The implications are limitless. Insurance companies, for example, may become lead adopters of using this technology by offering lower premiums to companies which achieve certain levels of good indoor environmental quality.

Keywords: Shanghai2017, 2017 Shanghai Summit, air quality, RESET, health, wellness

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