一个midst the global pandemic a growing number of health experts have raised concerns around current ventilation standards in a bid towards improving ventilation within apartment buildings and the need to operate a functioning ventilation system within apartment toilet, bathroom, en suite and laundry areas.
Once‘out of sight, out of mind’, ventilation systems installed throughout the majority of buildings have now beenthrust in to the spotlight。
Hotel quarantine systemshave highlightedpotential flawstowardsineffective ventilation systems。
Many apartments or unitsdo not have the benefitof large opening doors and windows andrely on an effective, functional exhaust ventilation systemtoremove ‘bad-air’from cramped apartment areas.
Pictured: Construction andinfrastructure upgrades direct impact on apartment ventilation systems
Thevast majorityof systems SafeAir has inspected havenever been cleaned since the building was constructed, with many buildings established over 30 years ago.
High levels ofbuild-upandblockagewithin the system are caused as adirect result of little to no maintenance。
Not having a planned maintenance program in place for inspection and removal of debris from the system willcontinue to create cause for concern。
GP Dr David Berger has remained vigilant during the pandemic. Mr Berger states there is anexcruciating resistancetowardsacknowledging the importance of airflow。
“This isall aboutventilation.”
What causes blockage and build-up with the buildings ventilation system?
Urban city developments, roadworks and infrastructure upgradesall impact on a buildings ventilation system。
在附近的起重机、挖掘机和工人吗evident,dust and debrisensue.
一个越来越多的高层建筑工地throughout the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Sunshine Coast regions have alloweddirt and fibrous particles to become airborne。这个内容enters nearby apartment buildingsthrough doors and windows and isdrawn into each apartments ventilation system。Combined with air moisture in bathroom, en suite and laundry areas it exhausts into the systemcreating blockages。
It is estimated2 million people will call Queensland homeby 2041 with no ease in development on the horizon –an increase in surrounding dirt, dust and debriswill continue to impact these systems.
How can building managers and Bodies Corporate ensure their ventilation systems remain operational?
Engaging a ductwork cleaning specialisttoremove build-up, dirt and matter contentfrom the ventilation systemwill go a long wayto ensure operational standards are met.
Checking roof exhaust fans andcleaning the ventilation systems at set intervals (4-6 years)will ensure the system isfree of blockageandoperating to its intended design and specification。
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