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Surprisingly we breathe in more pollution indoors than we do outdoors. This is a serious issue considering the majority of people spend around 90 percent of their time inside.

Activities, products and materials are just a few of the items that can cause this indoor pollution and this is why good air quality is so important.

Particulates are particles that can come from items such as furnishings and building materials as well as dirt and dust that has been brought in from outside.

Something as simple as installing an entry mat in your doorway can help reduce the risk of allergy triggering particles being brought through your medical clinic.

Recessed Birrus matting is not only extremely functional, it is also a great alternative to a mat that has just been thrown into the doorway.

Birrus eliminates the risk of tripping and is also a very attractive form of entrance mat that will give your medical clinic that sophisticated, clean first impression you are after

Moisture is a common problem, especially in older tenancies, and moisture = mould, another major source of air pollution which can cause negative health effects through the possibility of VOC (volatile organic compounds) emissions.

When looking at tenancies for your new clinic it is best to check areas such as ceilings and floors before you begin your fit out in order to prevent moisture problems early on.

Unfortunately mould spores are not easily eliminated and therefore the best way to prevent this issue in your medical clinic is to take the required steps in order to restore any moisture prone areas from the get go by speaking to one of our experienced team members who will be able to point you in the right direction when it comes to mould specialists.

One of the most common causes of poor indoor air quality are chemicals.

Chemicals can come from numerous sources including building materials, cleaning products and even furnishings.

These are particularly nasty as they can emit thousands of VOC’s (volatile organic compounds), the most harmful emissions that can cause a wide range of health effects.

When selecting furniture and other materials consider brands that come with a GreenGuard certification or incorporate cradle to cradle design in their technology.

While having a tightly sealed, insulated medical clinic can be good for keeping the outdoors…..well, outdoors it can be an issue when it comes to enabling fresh air into the building.

When planning your new fit out take a moment to plan for good ventilation, for example create an area for large machinery such as copiers away from staff and in a space that promotes good air circulation.

A room can be created for this purpose but also double as a store room with the addition of appropriate joinery.

As you can see it is imperative that we try to keep the air as clean as possible when working within a medical environment and by taking the above into consideration before your fit out begins you are already on the way to clean air and healthy patients.