For decades, we’ve experimented and innovated to create cleaner, more comfortable and efficient healthy spaces for people – to improve quality of life inside. We’ve done this in homes, hospitals, schools and office buildings – even transit systems like buses.
The focus on safe indoor spaces is new to some. For us it’s something
we’ve been pushing forward for some time. People want to trust the air
they breathe. They need to feel confident that the spaces they inhabit
are clean and safe. We take this seriously because, to us, these
people are our families, friends and coworkers.
Even after the pandemic is behind us, we all will expect safer, healthy indoor environments. As Trane Technologies, we see an opportunity to create an improved set of standards and solutions – a better new normal.
Quality in indoor environments is more than air – it extends to other influences like temperature, noise and lighting - the entire indoor experience. It’s also at the center of our expertise; improving indoor spaces, while advancing the 2030 sustainability commitments we’ve made to be better for people and the planet.
Stand-alone solutions, like filtration or disinfection, may address some immediate opportunities. But when we view indoor spaces as an ecosystem, we can create healthier and more efficient environments.
With deep understanding of the science of healthy indoor environments, coupled with advanced system and connected building technology, we’re partnering with businesses and municipalities of all shapes and sizes to solve their immediate challenges and long-term goals. We’re also joining forces with partners and collaborating on new solutions that can expand what’s possible for better indoor experiences.
Ecosystem thinking begins with a comprehensive assessment of the indoor air quality; modeling and simulating how airflow and contamination are behaving in each unique indoor space.
Once the model is established, appropriate measures for improving environmental quality can be defined and applied, including tailored solutions that leverage the most advanced technologies.
To effectively manage and maintain any space, innovative sensing and digital technologies enable dynamic modifications of connected systems to continually maintain quality throughout cycles of occupancy.
The bottom line: While inside environments are improved, we apply solutions that also increase energy efficiency and overall building productivity - good for resource conscious budgets, community resiliency and the health of the planet we call home.
We've challenged the science and sustainability of indoor environments for some time - and we want to others see the potential for healthy spaces like we do.
Rasha Hasaneen explains how the recently launched Center for Healthy and Efficient Spaces will drive innovation and lead to more sustainable indoor environments.
The ABCs of optimizing air quality in educational settings
Economic strength is an important factor in the health of our communities. Consistent and sustainable access to food, education, healthcare, and employment all rely on sustained economic stability and continued growth.
We also know that when open and thriving, indoor spaces have the potential to boost the performance and productivity of people resulting in better business outcomes and happier employees and customers.
Cities and metropolitan areas are at the heart of economic growth, contributing about 60% of global GDP.
Many workers in the service industry, retail, and hospitality industries don’t have the option of telework and often rely heavily on public transport options – also meaning more risk of exposure in crowded spaces. More than 80% of transit riders in the lowest fifth of household income rely on public buses.
There is evidence from The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and other sources that HVAC technologies can mitigate the risk of exposure to infectious aerosols in built environments; however, the transmission and mitigation of COVID-19 in buildings is yet to be tested and confirmed.