Article Co-Authored by SWA Published in Springer Nature
“Venting for health: indoor air quality improvements from upgraded ventilation systems in multifamily high-rise housing,” co-authored by Steven Winter Associates, Inc. (SWA) and the National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH), has been published by Springer Nature Group. The study, supported by a grant from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, investigates the impact of various ventilation upgrades on indoor air quality (IAQ).
Contributing authors, including SWA’s CEO, Marc Zuluaga, examined IAQ outcomes in two groups of high-rise multifamily public housing buildings. Both the study and control group received ventilation shaft cleaning, and the study group also received higher horsepower rooftop fans, ventilation shaft sealing, and self-balancing dampers. Both had improved odor control and a decreased presence of insect pests. In addition, the study group observed a significant increase in ventilation performance, resulting in improved levels of relative humidity, CO2, and formaldehyde.
As the world gains newfound appreciation for indoor air quality, building science experts and medical professionals often cite enhanced ventilation as a strategy for mitigating disease spread and a way to ensure optimal respiratory conditions for occupants. SWA provides air tightness testing and high-performance envelope design services to ensure our clients have the highest indoor air quality possible. This includes specialty building types, such as healthcare facilities.
Contact us today to discuss the indoor air quality of your new or existing project.