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The Bryanston, Hyde Park is the first luxury residential development to undertake and achieve an AirScore Gold rating, providing residents with some of the cleanest air in London.
To accomplish this certification, all 54 residences were fitted with dedicated air-handling units which regulate temperature and humidity, and remove particulates, carbon monoxide and pollen through concealed ducts and vents. AirScore, the global benchmark for indoor air quality, uses the latest technology to monitor data over a three-week period, 24 hours a day, to provide the most accurate assessment, validating the level of clean air in the residences.
Acquiring an AirScore highlights Almacantar’s commitment to residents’ wellness as recertification after 12-months requires ongoing management and maintenance of good indoor air quality.
Almacantar recognises the value that clean air provides and has prioritised this at The Bryanston, Hyde Park, forming an intrinsic part of its overall offer to its residents, alongside two floors of bespoke amenities and design features which enhance residents’ wellness such as three metre floor-to-ceiling heights and curved full-height windows looking directly over Hyde Park.
The flow of good indoor air quality throughout a building is critically important, ensuring a supply of fresh air and minimising the risk of indoor air pollution from sources such as dirty air ventilation, mould, radon and carbon monoxide, all which have a detrimental effect on people’s health.
Kathrin Hersel, Property Director at Almacantar, said: “Air quality in the workplace is something that has long been evaluated, with studies showing that elevated levels of CO2 can cause up to 11% reduction in productivity. As work life norms shift and we spend more time at home, the indoor air quality of our homes, and the impact it has on sleep, productivity and health is high on buyers’ agendas.
The Bryanston sets a new standard for healthy city living, pioneering with a globally recognised benchmark to protect clean air within our residences and have a positive impact on residents’ physical wellbeing. Demand for living in the centre of one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities has not diminished, but as developers we must adapt and respond to changing dynamics – the new barometer of luxury is ‘health’ and that means the air we breathe at home must be free from pollutants, toxins and other harmful elements.”
The three-week AirRated survey gathers information about indoor air quality (IAQ) using multi-parameter sensor technology. Outdoor air quality and weather data from a third party – tomorrow.io – is also gathered, helping to illustrate the ‘bigger picture’ of air quality, as the external environment heavily influences IAQ. Once all the data is collected, AirRated’s in-house environmental scientists
test these datasets against the AirRated Scoring System, to generate an AirScore.
An AirScore is comprised of five fundamental parameters. All five parameters are assessed against a framework of industry best-practices and international standards and must meet mandatory minimum requirements in order to pass and become Certified. These include: PM2.5 (fine dust), CO2, TVOCs, Temperature and Humidity.