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Property technology business AirRated has promoted its head of environmental research Francesca Brady to chief executive of its global business.

The London-based company reports that Brady was instrumental in establishing the scientific basis for the company’s monitoring, analysis, and consultancy on indoor air quality.

She replaces interim chief executive Michael Grant, who stands aside to focus on his role as chief operations officer at smart buildings solutions provider Metrikus.

AirRated aims is to establish a simple system for the measurement of air quality in buildings, including homes, offices, public buildings and education settings.

It awards an AirScore to buildings that meet its standard following a three-week environmental survey.

AirScores are awarded at one of four levels: platinum, gold, silver, or certified.

AirRated also advises building owners and occupiers on practical solutions to improve indoor air quality, as well as provide long-term, real-time monitoring and data analysis.

Current AirRated clients and AirScore recipients include: Almacantar, General Projects, Victory Advidsors, The Met Office, Quintain, The Office Group, Ashby Capital and DWS.

Gary Cottle, non-executive director of AirRated, said: “AirRated has addressed the globally urgent need to communicate the impact of indoor air quality on health by establishing an easy to understand benchmarking system that helps organisations and individuals navigate what can be a confusing topic.

“In Francesca we’ve found the ideal leader to tackle this challenge. Francesca couples her expertise in environmental science with the communications skills to take her knowledge to the general public with clarity, urgency and simplicity. I’m very excited to see where she leads AirRated in this crucial period of growth for the company.”

Brady said: “While the health crisis brought about by air quality in our streets is front page news, there isn’t a huge amount of understanding about the ways that our buildings and homes either improve or worsen the underlying situation.

“Our mission at AirRated is to provide accreditation for all buildings, presented as simply as possible, empowering office occupiers, house-buyers and businesses to understand and make decisions that impact directly upon their wellness.

“The COVID crisis has accelerated what was an already growing concern around air quality and our data-monitoring and analysis tools provide building owners of all types with the tools they need to make decisions to not only understand but crucially to improve their indoor air quality for the benefit of all.”

Brady took up her position as AirRated launched Aerum, a combination of air purification technology, powered AirRated’s real-time monitoring solution.

Healthy Air Technology provides its patented and certified D-Orbital Nano Oxide (DNO) Catalyst pollution eraser high nano-air cleansing technology supplied in liquid form and fitted in HEPA H13 medical grade air purification units.

According to AirRated, these units can remove more than 99.5% of all harmful substances from the air, including viruses and bacteria.

HATL is a company founded by inorganic and biochemistry researchers from Oxford University.

Through a real-time monitoring platform. Data can be viewed as heatmaps on floor plans or as dynamic scores for health and cognitive performance.

Historical data can be used to plot graphs and charts to identify problem areas and compare different rooms, floors and even buildings at portfolio level.

Brady added: “We spend 90% of our time indoors and it’s where we feel safe, however the indoor environment can be up to five times more polluted than the outdoors. On a global scale, 7.7% of all premature deaths are linked to poor indoor air quality according to the WHO.

“We can’t see poor air quality, so perhaps this is why we don’t pay much attention. Very few organisations or governments monitor these environments or communicate the health of the air we are breathing inside.

“This is particularly poignant when we are in the midst of a global pandemic where our health could be hugely compromised by breathing in polluted air. Office workers require confirmation that their work spaces are safe and tenants need reassurance their homes maintain healthy air quality if they need to isolate for days at a time without going outdoors.

“In order to improve the situation we need to monitor the indoor air quality and diagnose the problems which could be levels of humidity, temperature and carbon dioxide. We need wide scale transparency of each buildings air quality along with education in the best practices for maintaining healthy spaces.’’

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