Air quality matters

Everywhere across the planet cities are expanding rapidly and pollution levels are rising fast too. Air quality, inside and outside, is becoming a critical human and political issue, as well as being an important barometer of the negative impacts of mass urbanisation.

The global risks to human health are significant. The most common air pollutants include combustion by-products, volatile organic compounds and natural sources like pollen or dust. Although on average in developed nations we spend more than 90% of our time indoors that doesn’t mean we’re insulated from the risks we face outside. In fact, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggests that in residential properties, indoor air quality can be up to five times worse than outdoors due to the accumulation of pollutants.

Breathing poor indoor air in the work environment caused by poor systems design, ineffective filtration or inadequate ventilation has a detrimental effect on human productivity, wellbeing and overall health.

Introducing CBRE Breathe

CBRE Breathe, from CBRE Building Consultancy, empowers everyone involved in developing, occupying or leasing buildings to understand indoor air quality, and use this knowledge to promote health and wellbeing in their buildings.

Making use of sophisticated digital technology, we put in practice our extensive experience in M&E building ventilation to review your design and to collect and analyse data about your building.

CBRE Breathe uses this information to develop and help you implement practical strategies to create the most productive and healthy workplaces, and the most attractive buildings for investors and occupiers.

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CBRE Breathe in action

We were instructed by a client to advise on ways to improve the indoor air quality of their offices in India.