New Delhi, 1st March 2023: Indian air quality tech experts ActiveBuildings and leading indoor environment consultancy and engineering firm PureLiving, officially announced a collaboration to provide clean and healthy indoor air solutions to offices and homes across South East Asia. The collaboration widens the resource pool in terms of data points, research and technology, and aims to protect more people from breathing polluted indoor air.
South Asia is home to 37 of the 40 most polluted cities in the world as per the World Air Quality Report. Over 60% of the population lives in areas where the PM2.5 levels exceed the WHO standards, increasing the risk of chronic respiratory disorders. With technology like automated air filtration and ventilation management systems that can retro-fit into existing buildings, large indoor spaces can remain free from PM 2.5, virus transmissions, odours, chemicals and elevated CO2 in the breathable air.
After the recent pandemic, the need for clean and disease-free indoor air has become a priority, particularly with the return of the work-from-office module. Abhinav Gupta, CEO of ActiveBuildings points out, “Most workspaces in India were not built keeping in mind air-borne diseases and indoor air pollution. Our data highlights that most office spaces face high CO2 and most homes have high particulate pollution. ActiveBuildings has mostly focused on air testing and offering recommendations for the space. With this collaboration we can offer end to end solutions pan Asia, from air monitoring to ventilation and filtration that can be installed on the existing systems.”
Louie Cheng, President of PureLiving, says, “Our focus has always been health, sustainability and smart buildings. We have seen great results with products like VentMate and PureQi in China and hope to bring the same impact to the Indian market for clean air. This collaboration with ActiveBuildings, opens new possibilities for both companies to continue pioneering approaches to creating healthier indoor environments.”
Indoor air quality can be over five times worse than outside air. Tobacco-smoke, incense-burning, dust, printer inks, air fresheners, deodorants, scented candles, varnishes, paints as well as human metabolism, all add to pollutants like PM2.5, PM10, VOCs, Ozone and CO2 in the indoor environment. Breathing such pollutants can cause eye inflammation, throat irritation, allergies in the short run, and lung infections, cardio-vascular diseases and cancer over longer periods of time.