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4 Ways to Increase Employee Comfort and Productivity

By Sarah Baker on Feb 15, 2019 1:15:43 PM

Every office knows the afternoon slump. Employee eyes glaze over as they find themselves stuck reading the same line of an email. A yawn spreads contagiously around the room. A small crowd gathers around the snack table. If your office had a nap room, you know it would be full.

Maybe it's just fatigue – but it's likely to be something more, especially in an older building. Commercial buildings are notorious for trapping CO2 and VOCs, which can cause lethargy, headaches, nausea, flu-like symptoms and reduced cognitive abilities. In a room full of people, these compounds build up throughout the day, causing the dreaded afternoon slump. Learn how you can use your commercial building to combat them!

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5 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality in Your Building

By Sarah Baker on Nov 29, 2018 9:07:40 AM

On some days, your employees are coughing and sneezing. On others, they appear to be sluggish and sleepy, experiencing what many have deemed the "2:30 feeling" since the airing of 5-Hour Energy's advertising campaign.

So what can you do about it?

Although a company curfew and extra caffeinated coffee could be the solution for a few, it may not solve the overarching issue. Why? Because many offices suffer from "sick building symptoms," including bad indoor air quality (IAQ). In fact indoor air quality is likely to be 2-5 times worse than outdoor air quality. Given that most of us spend 90% of our time indoors, improving your building’s indoor air quality can significantly affect employee and customer health, comfort and productivity, sometimes increasing cognitive ability by 101%!

So what can you do to improve the indoor air quality in your building?

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What Do Energy Management Systems Really Cost?

By Michael Moriarity on Jul 18, 2017 1:36:25 PM

The true cost of the energy management system (EMS) is far beyond its initial cost of installation. The present architecture of most EMS products available today was brought to market in the 1990s, and most U.S. buildings have not undergone significant EMS upgrades since 2005. This means technology invented before the first iPhone was released may be managing energy efficiency and consumption in your building while also exposing your business to cyber security risks and depressing the productivity of people in your building.

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What Can You Do to Cure Sick Building Syndrome?

By Michael Moriarity on Jun 12, 2017 1:08:42 PM

First, What Is 'Sick Building Syndrome?'

"Sick building syndrome" occurs when the reported symptoms or maladies of a building's occupants can be correlated with their presence in that building. Contributing factors can be decaying building materials, high concentrations of chemicals or machinery, presence of asbestos or radon, old carpet, dirty air ducts, or a poorly designed or inefficient HVAC system.

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