New Year’s Resolution: Healthy Year, Healthy Building
It’s time to ring in the New Year! Have you thought of a New Year’s Resolution yet? I know what you are thinking… “Why bother? My resolution is out the window within the first 6 months (if not first 6 days) of the year.”
Well what if this year your resolution wasn’t just for you and you didn’t have to do it alone? That’s right, let’s make it a team effort this year!
One of the most popular resolutions is about getting healthy. But when we say healthy, we are talking about a healthy lifestyle that helps to balance and encompass all aspects of yourself, which includes not only your body, but also your mind and spirit. When you view the resolution of getting healthy in this way, it is easy to see how it parallels getting your building healthy. There are many aspects to a building’s health that need to be balanced and worked on to reach an overall healthy building.
The focus of our resolution for a Healthy Year and a Healthy Building is to create a space where
- our building occupants are in a healthy environment;
- our building and its systems are running efficiently;
- our building, its systems, and its occupants are not wasting resources;
- and our building and its systems are well maintained so that they last longer and have fewer problems.
And remember, this New Year’s Resolution affects and benefits so many people…the building occupants, your company, your team, and you!
- A healthy and comfortable building means happier and more productive occupants.
- A well run efficient building means lower operational costs for your company.
- A well maintained and efficient building means less headaches and emergencies for you and your team.
Now, I’m not saying this is going to be easy. Just like when we try to get ourselves healthy, a resolution like this takes time and commitment. Nothing is going to happen overnight, but the benefits are worth it!
As you may know, New Year’s Resolutions often end up failing to be converted into lifestyle changes. This is often the result of a lack of planning, manageable goals, and evaluating and celebrating progress. So, to really see the results from this year’s resolution for a Healthy Year and a Healthy Building, let’s make a plan with quantifiable and obtainable goals. To make these goals, however, we have to understand where our buildings are now. So, we start with assessment.
Join us over the next few weeks as we look at three areas of our buildings that we should evaluate so we can see where our building is now and where we want it to be in terms of indoor air quality (IAQ), our HVACR systems, and our plumbing systems.