The Healthful 911 Dispatch Workplace
More frequently than ever before, municipal agencies identify Indoor Air Quality as a priority when building or renovating.
We are exposed to over 80,000 chemicals in our daily lives, with varying degrees of safety and testing. Green building rating systems are increasingly taking note of the potential health and environmental risks associated with chemicals found in common building materials, and are taking steps to encourage projects to identify and select safer products.
Three ways of achieving a healthful workplace come with certifications. Each ups the ante on product and materials standards.
Indoor air quality
Center's seeking to provide their 911 dispatchers with a healthful work environment prioritize Indoor Air Quality. There are multiple certifications for Indoor Air Quality. SCS testing ensures interior products have no to low VOC emissions.
...with the most transparent indoor air quality (IAQ) standard for furniture and building materials. The Indoor Advantage and Indoor Advantage Gold standard aligns with both ANSI/BIFMA M7.1 and X7.1, and CA 01350. It is recognized by the EPA and GSA, and qualifies for many building rating systems, including LEED v4, BREEAM, WELL Building, and Living Building Challenge.
Another common, though less stringent, standard is Greenguard.
The LEED certification program is the leading international program for sustainable building design and construction. Attaining LEED certification demonstrates environmentally responsible building practices...
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is one of the most popular green building certification programs and it is used worldwide. Developed by the non-profit U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), it includes a set of rating systems for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings, homes, and neighborhoods. The standards aims to help building owners and operators make environmentally responsible choices and use resources efficiently.