15.12.2016

12 Trends Shaping the Future of Life Sciences Facility Management

Nortec Urges the Importance of Healthier Indoor Environments

Ottawa, Canada –

Nortec is pleased to release its latest whitepaper, “12 Key Trends Shaping the Future of Life Sciences Facility Management.” This whitepaper highlights three main areas of concern for the future of the life sciences industry: health and hygiene, operations and technology, and humidity control.

“The life sciences industry, including hospitals, medical facilities, and pharmaceutical laboratories, faces unique challenges in regards to effective facility management,” said Duncan Curd, GM of Nortec. “Air quality is a factor that can have a vital impact on the wellbeing of staff and patients alike, impacting health and workforce productivity, as well as the proper functioning of essential internal environment controls and cooling systems.”

Energy efficiency and reduced energy use are becoming an increasingly important requirement in facility management. As per the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), all new facilities will be constructed to achieve net zero energy use by January 1, 2030, and owners of existing commercial buildings will be required to upgrade their systems for higher efficiency within 20 years.

“Today’s facility managers face constant regulatory and financial pressures to lower energy use and improve the overall efficiency of facility operations,” said Duncan Curd. “Improving air quality and ensuring adequate humidity levels in health care and life sciences facilities can have tangible benefits for facility management, including improving the efficiency of the facilities’ HVAC systems and limiting the transmission of disease.”

Poor indoor air quality not only affects the happiness and wellbeing of staff, but can also result in costly losses to the business due to illness. Poor indoor air quality due to insufficient relative humidity levels (below 40% to 60%) creates the prime environment for dust and aerosol viral infections to flow freely through the air, affecting staff. This can cause a higher prevalence of staff health issues including allergy symptoms, sinus infections, headaches, and even respiratory issues. Ultimately, this results in lost productivity due to absenteeism and additional costs to the business in correlation with medical care.

Nortec’s whitepaper suggests that upgrading HVAC systems to inhibit bacterial growth and prevent contamination will be vital to evolution and success in the future of life sciences facility management.

Nortec’s whitepaper provides a framework for the improvement of life sciences facility management industry. To view and download Nortec’s complete whitepaper, “12 Trends Shaping the Future of Life Sciences Facility Management,” visit
http://www.humidity.com/pharmatrends.

About Nortec (Member of the Condair Group)

With 600 employees, the Condair Group is the world’s leading manufacturer of commercial and industrial humidification systems, setting standards globally for energy-efficient and hygienic solutions through its main Condair brand. Condair is represented in 16 countries by its own sales and service organisations and is supported by distribution partners in a further 50 countries. Condair operates production sites in Europe, North America and China.

 

For media inquires, please contact:

Caine Ruckstuhl
Marketing Director (ASP), Nortec
T: 613-804-0987   |    E: caine.ruckstuhl@humidity.com




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