Larger spaces can lead to increased costs for heating, air-conditioning, lighting, materials, janitorial and disinfection. Even simple solutions, like using paper placemats on work surfaces, echo out into the environment. What impact would such increased daily use of paper products have on deforestation?
Studies show that higher rates of Coronavirus are linked to air pollution, which is typically worse in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color. Developers and operators should play an active role to ensure residents across their portfolio have access to clean air. To mitigate the spread of germs and bacteria, we anticipate air quality tests and filtration processes will be held to a higher standard, and innovative strategies will be required to provide higher filtration without increasing energy consumption. Indoor contaminants can be minimized or eliminated by selecting materials with low volatile organic compounds (VOCs), providing easy-to-clean high-touch surfaces and utilizing green cleaning products.