Carrier Global Corporation (NYSE: CARR) this month has announced a renewed focus on delivering healthy, sustainable intelligent buildings solutions and services to help its customers re-open and stay open in the age of COVID-19. As such, to provide safe, healthy buildings for occupants, the company has this month announced its Healthy Buildings offering, billed as a dynamic and comprehensive suite of products and services designed to meet building owners where they currently reside in their indoor air quality (IAQ) journey.
From indoor air quality assessments and real-time monitoring to portable air scrubbers and system upgrades, Carrier says its new Heathly Buildings suite provides "a full range of solutions that can support healthy living and help rebuild confidence in the safety of indoor spaces."
In its announcement of the new offering, Carrier notes that, as more U.S. schools, office buildings and sports venues move to pre-pandemic operations, ensuring the health and safety of indoor environments has never been more critical, as demonstrated by The White House's National COVID-19 Preparedness Plan, which will support the efforts of building managers and engineers to improve IAQ to prevent future education and economic shutdowns.
The Plan focuses attention on the critical role improvements to ventilation systems can play in maximizing health outcomes. Effective ventilation and filtration systems can significantly reduce the concentration of viral particles in the air, as well as other air contaminants, points out.
"At Carrier, we're focused on delivering innovative solutions and services that help our customers re-open and stay open, and provide safe, healthy buildings for occupants," said David Gitlin, chairman and CEO of Carrier. "As the industry leader, we look forward to working with the Administration to develop guidance to improve ventilation and filtration and prevent economic and educational shutdowns. COVID shined a light on the criticality of indoor air quality and our aim is to inspire confidence in people re-entering buildings."
The company's statement points out that healthy indoor air quality is not only an important defense against disease, but that research has proven that optimizing air quality in buildings improves human health and cognitive function. The Carrier-supported COGfx study, led by researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, examined the impact of indoor air quality on how people think and feel, finding that healthy indoor air quality is not only good for people's health and safety, but promotes increased productivity and better cognitive function.
"COVID highlighted the critical importance of indoor air quality on our health and well-being, and healthy buildings will remain a key part of pandemic resilience going forward, a signal not to be missed in the new plan from The White House," concluded Ajay Agrawal, SVP, Global Services, Healthy Buildings and chief strategy officer at Carrier. "The benefits of Healthy Buildings extend beyond playing defense against illness. Enhanced IAQ can help building owners play offense – improving cognitive performance and building occupants' ability to think and solve problems, which translates to better test performance for students and benefits to the bottom-line of businesses."