Indoor Air Quality, Radiant Cooling

How Uponor’s Radiant Cooling & Heating Systems Protect You from Poor IAQ in Asia

Air pollution takes the lives of over 7 million people worldwide every year. In 2012, that accounted for 1 in 8 deaths, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The Asia-Pacific region, with a dense population of over 4.2 billion people, especially struggle with the effects of air pollution.

Notably, periodic haze and smog have become a rising concern, but are people safe when inside their homes and businesses?

No is the simple answer.

In fact, exposure to dangerous pollutants may be greater indoors than anyone had previously expected.

Let’s discuss Asia’s growing indoor IAQ issues, how it’s influenced by outdoor pollution and what radiant cooling and heating systems can do about both.

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Indoor Air Quality, Radiant Cooling, Thermal Comfort

Make your building’s radiant cooling and heating ‘SMART’ with Uponor’s Smatrix PRO

Even with the best HVAC or radiant cooling and heating systems in place, there is the challenge of temperature control.

Why?

Climate is variable. It’s that simple.

Therefore, internal temperatures vary.

Internal factors matter too.

A building’s structure, purpose and shape all influence the type of temperature control system needed for optimal efficiency.

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Indoor Air Quality

5 Ways You Can Improve Indoor Environmental Quality On A Budget

It’s not something that you necessarily put your finger on. Sometimes, when you are inside, you are comfortable, yet on some occasions, you can feel that there is something wrong – you are too hot, or there is an unpleasant odour, or there is too much ambient noise. The difference is indoor environmental quality (IEQ). Continue reading

Indoor Air Quality

What Do Indoor Air Quality Standards Look Like In Singapore?

Singapore, the tiny sovereign city-state with a population of only 5.6 million, and one of the most remarkable economies on the planet. When it comes to commerce, Singapore is in the top 10 of almost everything; 5th on the UN Human Development Index, 3rd highest GDP per capita, second most competitive country, and according to the World Economic Forum, the most ‘technology-ready’ nation on the planet.

It is the last accolade that forms the basis of discussing Singapore in particular in terms of building standards. Since 2005, Singapore has shown an incredible drive to develop and incorporate cutting edge technology into building design and functioning. This began with the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) of Singapore developing and releasing the Green Mark rating system for sustainability in buildings.However, the key milestone was in 2008, when Singapore became one of the first and only nations in the world to adopt mandatory ‘green’ building codes. Continue reading

DOAS, Indoor Air Quality

The Economiser In a DOAS

As part of the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) control system, such as a dedicated outdoor air system (DOAS), the function of the economiser is, as its name suggests,to economise or save on cooling costs by pulling cooler outside air into buildings, reducing the load on the mechanical cooling system. In this post, we will look at the two different types of economisers, and their benefits on indoor air quality. Continue reading

Green Building, Indoor Air Quality, LEED, Sustainable Building

The Economics of Green Buildings

The evidence is growing that sustainable buildings provide financial rewards for building owners, operators, and occupants. Green building requires a collaborate effort between, architects, engineers, and contractors in order to co-create a built environment that focuses on renewable energy, sustainable materials, water conservation, site development and indoor environmental quality.

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