- Having an air-tight building, reduces the exchange between the indoor air and the outside air, which causes the building to trap the contaminants from personal care products, carpeting, fabrics, pesticides, business machines, bioeffluents (emitted in the human breathing process) and airborne microbes. All of these factors resulted in complaints of poor indoor air quality (IAQ).
- The filtration properties of the Biowall reduce the contaminants present in the air and therefore, help reduce sick building syndrome.
- Poor IAQ has been proven to cause sick building syndrome which involves a variety of seemingly unrelated symptoms like:
- Eye, nose, and throat irritation
- Dry cough
- Difficulty in concentrating
- Sensitivity to odors
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- The Biowall leverages the natural ability of plants to filtrate the air, but there are other solutions to IAQ problems. The obvious one is to bring clean air from outside and use the HVAC system to perform the air exchange.
- By using the Biowall, the building is simply recycling the air, so less heating or cooling is needed. Therefore, the building saves up to 25% in HVAC energy use.
- The Goal of the Biowall is to comply with the basic objectives of sustainability: improve indoor air quality, minimize waste, and create healthy, productive environments.
- Sustainability means living well within the ecological limits of a finite planet. Concepts such as life cycle thinking, industrial ecology and sustainable engineering are important elements for our team, as well as avoid shifting problems from one area to another.
- The Biowall reduces VOCs levels instead of removing them, thus minimizing waste. It improves the IAQ and saves energy in the process, thanks to its sustainable design.