Green building certifications are one of the best ways to ensure your project is meeting growing expectations for healthier built spaces.
Occupant health has increasingly become a central focus to building design, especially since property managers and business owners have begun to see thefinancial benefits of providing a healthy indoor environment.
There are a wealth of certification programs that have a broad approach to determining building health, such as LEED or IWBI™’s WELL v2™. For some projects, opting for a more focused certification will be more financially beneficial and will help guarantee an indoor environment that promotes long-term occupant health. If these are concerns for your project, we’d recommend RESET™’s Air for Commercial Interiors Certification.
RESET™ has been gaining momentum in recent years across the world as the certification system that is both affordable and prioritizes continuous occupant safety–which is a significant contrast to other certifications that rely on one-time tests and data submission procedures that can be costly.
RESET™ is intentionally non-prescriptive. Some certification programs require specific project type and layout requirements be met in order to apply for the certification in the first place. When applying for a RESET™ certification, you have the flexibility to define your space type based on what your project is being used for and how it affects your occupants’ health. RESET™ is then able to adapt its certification process to your project’s specific boundaries–effectively helping you meet the certification requirements and, above all, create the healthiest space possible for its occupants.
If you have a new or existing building you’d like to have certified, RESET™’s Air for Commercial Interiors Certification is an ideal certification to pursue to help get your building on-track for providing a healthy environment by means of air quality monitoring.
How to Pass the Air for Commercial Interiors Certification
RESET™ is the world’s first sensor-based and performance-driven building standard and certification program. In order to become certified, projects must submit information about their air quality to RESET™. Meeting RESET™’s requirements is easily attainable if your project does the following:
Continuously Monitor Air Quality
Your project must be continuously monitoring specific air quality factors in order to be eligible for RESET™’s Air for Commercial Interiors Certification. RESET™ sets specific target ranges for these air quality factors based on industry best-practices and international standards. The following must be met*:
PM2.5 (Fine Dust)
Exposure to particulate matter can lead to significant health effects–especially small particulate matter, classified as PM2.5, can penetrate the lungs, be absorbed in the bloodstream and lead to heart disease and other cardiovascular complications.
To ensure that building occupants are being exposed to safe levels of PM2.5, RESET™ requires that indoor fine dust levels do not exceed 35 μg/m3. RESET™ also has what are referred to as “High Performance” targets, which are available for projects wishing to have more rigorous IAQ goals or for projects located in areas where ambient outdoor air quality levels typically stay within recommended health limits. The High Performance target for PM2.5 is 12 μg/m3
Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOCs)
Building materials, carpets, furniture, fabrics, cleaning products, adhesives, solvents, and many more everyday items are known to emit volatile organic compounds, known as TVOCs. TVOCs can easily be inhaled through the lungs and travel to the bloodstream. Regular exposure to TVOCs can cause irritated eyes, throat, nose, and skin, and prolonged exposure has been linked to eczema flare-ups, hives, allergies, leukemia, and damage to the kidneys, liver, and central nervous system.
TVOC levels must be monitored constantly to protect occupant health. RESET™ sets target levels for TVOCs at any quantity below 1,000 ppm, and the High Performance range below 600 ppm.
Carbon Dioxide (CO2) levels can affect occupant productivity and comfort. High indoor concentrations of CO2 have been known to cause drowsiness, dizziness, and cognitive disfunction. High levels of Carbon Dioxide can also be indicative of poor building ventilation. Spaces that are not well ventilated can cause its occupants to experience a variety of symptoms–often called sick building syndrome (SBS)–such as headaches, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, cough, sneezing, shortness of breath and eye, nose, throat and skin irritation.
RESET™ sets a Carbon Dioxide maximum limit at 500 μg/m3. Projects striving for a High Performance certification should not let CO2 levels exceed 400 μg/m3.
Temperature and Relative Humidity
The temperature and relative humidity of a space can have an impact on the sensor readings for PM2.5 and TVOC levels. Although no specific targets are in place the RESET™ Air for Commercial Interiors Certification requires continuous monitoring of temperature and humidity levels of a project.
Use the Right Air Quality Monitor
One of the most critical requirements of RESET™’s Air for Commercial Interiors Certification is using the appropriate indoor air quality monitor. Air quality monitor accuracy is incredibly important to ensure occupant health and to appropriately diagnose any issues that may require building HVAC operations and maintenance. To guarantee the best possible accuracy, RESET™ will only grant the Air for Commercial Interiors certification to projects that use an air quality monitor that has been tested and approved by RESET™ experts.
RESET™ is very selective with its approved air quality monitors—only 8 indoor air quality monitors qualify as interior RESET™ Air Accredited Grade B monitors fit for the Commercial Interiors certification.
If you think RESET™ is right for your project, get to know Awair Omni, one of the 8 Air Accredited Grade B monitors. You can also reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how to get started with getting your project RESET™ Certified.
*These air quality factors are required for RESET™’s Air for Commercial Interiors Certification. CO monitoring may also be required for projects with combustion.