Arenas & Entertainment

Complete Monitoring for Your Entertainment Building

Oftentimes poor indoor air quality is caused by the equipment behind the scenes, inside the workings of the building, as well as the elements from outside. Insufficient ventilation can cause a surge in your indoor pollutant levels by not passing enough outdoor air through your building. Weakening emissions from sources inside and not transporting those indoor air pollutants outside can cause a threat to the air inside. High temperature and humidity levels can also increase absorptions of other pollutants. It is important to care for the health and wellbeing of not only the spectators, but also the stars of the show - the athletes, musicians and entertainers themselves.

Common sources that can cause a threat to your building’s indoor environmental quality:

  • Ventilation system deficiencies
  • Overcrowding in concerts and sporting events
  • Outside air pollution
  • Microbiological contamination
  • Off-gassing from materials and mechanical equipment
  • People smoking inside the building or near building entrances
  • Inappropriate lightning and acoustic

Facility managers are closely monitoring IAQ

Research shows facility managers are keeping a close eye on heightened levels of carbon monoxide (CO) and carbon monoxide (CO2) within their building. Specific to ice arenas, Zamboni's or ice resurfacing equipment have been identified frequently as the main contributor to poor IAQ within the arena. With aging equipment (HVAC and other facility cleaning tools) it is difficult for facility personnel to maintain the standards for healthy building certifications, which also affect IEQ.

The typical arena has HVAC spots that are a cool and damp, especially an ice arena – this can lead to corrosion and mold, which are big IEQ problems. In everÔÇÉchanging conditions, arena managers are trained to watch for any indicators of changes to indoor air quality. Some key identifiers that should be kept top of mind and done on a regular basis are:

  • Is the cleaning equipment being maintained by a qualified professional?
  • Is the fossil fuel emitting equipment being calibrated and inspected by a qualified professional?
  • Are cleaning supplies or public heating area systems working appropriately?
  • Are concession food areas and refrigerant leakage being examine?

Lastly, ensuring that the building and facility manager is actively monitoring the ventilation to where it is properly updated and working to the newest standards in every part of the building.


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