BreatheWell Air Quality Program with The Budd Group

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Before the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic, facil­i­ty man­agers, school admin­is­tra­tors, and gen­er­al con­trac­tors who attend­ed learn­ing insti­tu­tions and worked in offices, ware­hous­es and man­u­fac­tur­ing plants weren’t nec­es­sar­i­ly think­ing about air qual­i­ty as much as they need­ed to keep a pro­duc­tive work or edu­ca­tion space for their people. 

The Budd Group has res­i­dent sub­ject mat­ter experts who have tak­en the ini­tia­tive to edu­cate and encour­age those who man­age com­mer­cial, indus­tri­al, and edu­ca­tion spaces to increase air qual­i­ty aware­ness and stay on top of check­ing the air qual­i­ty index with­in the build­ing dai­ly with our BreatheWell Air Purifi­ca­tion Pro­gram. We use state-of-the-art air mon­i­tor­ing and purifi­ca­tion equipment. 

Mon­i­tor­ing and puri­fy­ing the air in the inte­ri­or of space means you must iden­ti­fy the air par­ti­cle sources in the occu­pants breath­ing zone. Each per­son, depend­ing on height and oth­er fac­tors, has a three to sev­en-foot breath­ing zone”. This is the space around them where it is most essen­tial to mit­i­gate Car­bon emis­sions (CO2) the VOCs (volatile organ­ic com­pounds) and par­tic­u­lates (PM pathogens) from the air so that the imme­di­ate air is at its clean­est. If unman­aged, these air pol­lu­tants can attach them­selves to oth­er air par­tic­u­lates, and stayed sus­pend­ed for extend­ed peri­ods. The pol­lut­ed and unhealthy par­ti­cles are breathed in, result­ing in increased risk expo­sure and unhealthy peo­ple in your facil­i­ty or edu­ca­tion space. 

In order to have the best indoor air qual­i­ty, a cus­tomer must mon­i­tor the air in real time and puri­fy accord­ing to data intel. The Budd Group BreatheWell Pro­gram pro­vides indoor air qual­i­ty equip­ment and best prac­tices that mon­i­tors and removes harm­ful and obnox­ious air­borne sub­stances and odors, includ­ing per­fumes, VOCs (volatile organ­ic com­pounds), tobac­co smoke, and more. We first start by using high-effi­cien­cy par­tic­u­late air (HEPA) puri­fiers that can cap­ture approx­i­mate­ly 99.7% of par­ti­cles 0.3 microns and larg­er in size, mak­ing for a much health­i­er inter­nal environment.

How Do I Mon­i­tor Air Qual­i­ty with the BreatheWell Air Qual­i­ty Program?

To ensure that you have opti­mal air qual­i­ty at all times, you need a holis­tic, com­pre­hen­sive approach. Requir­ing 247, real-time air qual­i­ty mon­i­tor­ing in place, prop­er ven­ti­la­tion and purifi­ca­tion systems. 

Con­sis­tent mon­i­tor­ing is essen­tial because air qual­i­ty isn’t sta­t­ic. It changes with tem­per­a­tures, humid­i­ty, num­ber of occu­pants, changes in ven­ti­la­tion, time of day, etc. The Budd Group starts with mon­i­tor­ing what is in the air inside any giv­en facil­i­ty or edu­ca­tion cam­pus by mea­sur­ing the num­ber of par­tic­u­lates in the air. 

A VOC is made to be sus­pend­ed longer in the air. Bad par­tic­u­late mat­ter that leads to imme­di­ate or chron­ic health issues attach to VOC par­ti­cles and stay sus­pend­ed in the breath­ing zone longer.

Appro­pri­ate place­ment of indoor air purifi­ca­tion sys­tems remove these to reduce risks of the expo­sure in the breath­ing zone

By doing so, your staff or stu­dents will breathe bet­ter, clean­er air, and have a more pro­duc­tive learn­ing and work space experience. 

Why Is The Budd Group the Best Air Qual­i­ty Partner?

Referred to as the Cus­to­di­ans of Occu­pant Health” The Budd Group con­sid­ers air qual­i­ty a part of a com­pre­hen­sive dis­in­fec­tion and clean­ing main­te­nance plan for any build­ing. Even before COVID, we have had the expe­ri­ence and res­i­dent experts on staff who spe­cial­ize in the oper­a­tions and main­te­nance of clean air, keep­ing up with the air read­ings, and imple­ment­ing state-of-the-art purifi­ca­tion equip­ment and meth­ods to offer data-dri­ven results to our clients. From there, we imple­ment best prac­tices depend­ing on the space, num­ber of occu­pants, cli­mate, etc.

Often, oth­er jan­i­to­r­i­al, dis­in­fec­tion, and/​or main­te­nance com­pa­nies don’t have these accred­it­ed experts on staff. How­ev­er, to under­stand where you are in your air qual­i­ty purifi­ca­tion jour­ney, you need an indoor envi­ron­men­tal qual­i­ty expert hand to imple­ment best prac­tices to main­tain a health­i­er inte­ri­or for all while offer­ing you cost-effec­tive solu­tions. Thus result­ing in healthy occu­pants in the work space and busi­ness­es abil­i­ty to stay in oper­a­tion in the event of a pan­dem­ic outbreak. 

How Does The Budd Group Deter­mine the Ide­al Way To Mea­sure My Air Quality?

Because we have more in-house resources than most com­mer­cial clean­ing com­pa­nies, our tech­ni­cians con­duct a cus­tomer site assess­ment to deter­mine the prop­er air qual­i­ty solu­tions. Upon imple­men­ta­tion this includes deploy­ing high-qual­i­ty air mon­i­tor­ing, fil­tra­tion, and purifi­ca­tion sys­tems for all types of facil­i­ties at a more cost-effec­tive rate than hir­ing mul­ti­ple ven­dors to come to the same conclusion.

As an indoor air qual­i­ty con­sul­tant, our experts have the knowl­edge to use sev­er­al meth­ods from dif­fer­ent man­u­fac­tur­ers to achieve the ulti­mate goal of improv­ing the breath­ing zone. 

Some include:

Indoor air qual­i­ty mon­i­tor­ing devices that detect and ana­lyze key air qual­i­ty met­rics that may affect the health and well­ness of your employ­ees, cus­tomers, and guests.

High-Effi­cien­cy Par­tic­u­late Absorb­ing Fil­tra­tion (HEPA). HEPA is con­sid­ered the most effec­tive means for remov­ing harm­ful mate­ri­als from the air. These fil­ters trap approx­i­mate­ly 99.97% (or more) of air­borne par­ti­cles 0.3 microns in size or larger.

Acti­vat­ed car­bon fil­ters to trap gas­es, chem­i­cal emis­sions, volatile organ­ic com­pounds (VOCs), odi­ous odors, and more.

Neg­a­tive Ion Air Fil­tra­tion to trap aller­gens, dust, and oth­er hazards.

We also prac­tice green clean­ing and are GREEN­GUARD cer­ti­fied for no neg­a­tive impact to the occu­pant. GREEN­GUARD cer­ti­fi­ca­tion meth­ods means we are war­rant­ed and capa­ble of focus­ing on the off-gassing of mate­ri­als. This allows us to imple­ment more air purifi­ca­tion pro­grams in new con­struc­tions, spaces with high amounts of gasses or chem­i­cals, or where there are devel­op­ing lungs, such as school sys­tems that hold chil­dren who could be more affect­ed by such hazards. 

What Do I Need to Know as a Facil­i­ty Manager?

The first ques­tion is what is in your air? When facil­i­ty man­agers address air qual­i­ty, they typ­i­cal­ly assume it’s an HVAC issue first. How­ev­er, fix­ing, upgrad­ing, or switch­ing your HVAC sys­tem is sim­ply a band-aid on a big­ger issue. An HVAC sys­tem reg­u­lates tem­per­a­ture and com­fort but does­n’t puri­fy the air with­in the breath­ing zone effec­tive­ly. Each breath­ing zone won’t be improved with a new HVAC. Of course, you need prop­er ven­ti­la­tion and fil­tra­tion, but even with clean ducts and coils in an HVAC, it still doesn’t take care of the root cause, which is the poor air quality.

Replac­ing an entire HVAC sys­tem can cost some facil­i­ties mil­lions. Before spend­ing this much mon­ey, try keep­ing track of your air qual­i­ty. This saves you mon­ey in count­less ways, the most impor­tant being main­tain­ing your large sys­tems, like your HVAC, and more impor­tant­ly, pro­tect­ing the health of your peo­ple by keep­ing an eye on the air qual­i­ty before replac­ing expen­sive assets. 

How Will a Part­ner­ship with The Budd Group Affect My Clients?

By imple­ment­ing a BreatheWell Air Qual­i­ty Pro­gram with The Budd Group, you will expe­ri­ence a pos­i­tive impact on your staff, stu­dents, clients, and every­one who enters your facility. 

We ensure the air you breathe is man­aged and all breath­ing zones among each indi­vid­ual are opti­mized for health­i­er living. 

Our prac­tices are effec­tive in the inte­ri­or of all schools, facil­i­ties, retail spaces, and more. By imple­ment­ing this pro­gram, you will low­er your labor costs with few­er employ­ee sick days, and few­er chron­ic ill­ness issues that result in poor pro­duc­tiv­i­ty, bet­ter morale, and a hap­pi­er staff or stu­dent body. 

Con­tact us today to get start­ed on a bet­ter facil­i­ty for all!

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Dane Slaughter, Greenville-Spartanburg Airport District

I have worked with The Budd Group since 2011, and I have been very pleased and impressed with their staff, account managers, and regional support they provide. They have been very prompt to respond if there is an issue with the janitorial services. They provide an exceptional service and understand the importance of greeting our passengers and guests to allow them to have a wonderful experience when traveling. I view their service as a partnership and count on them daily to deliver exceptional quality to our tenants, passengers, staff, and business partners.

Guy Harley, Wake Forest University Health Sciences

The Budd Group provides exceptional custodial services for our campus. We are grateful for their service to our patients, families, visitors, staff and faculty for over 40 years. The Budd Group is very responsive to our requests and needs, and we truly believe in their loyalty and commitment to our success.

Billy D. Smith, Kershaw County School District

I personally have had the best experience and relationship with The Budd Group. From their owner all the way to their day porters, they take great pride in representing the company name, and doing the best job they can. During these unprecedented pandemic times The Budd Group has been flexible and responsive to the changing needs our district has had in every way. With every firm that we have used there have been issues, but no firm has ever been as responsive, and as quick to fix whatever the issue may be as The Budd Group!

Nick Mincey, Orange County Schools

The Budd Group has gone above and beyond in providing custodial services to our district. Following a lengthy RFP process, we as a committee selected them to help our district achieve a new and rejuvenating approach to campus cleaning and facility care. We asked them to take on a difficult task of staffing, and preparing schools for the start of our school year with only 6 weeks of transition time. We all knew it would be difficult at best. However, with the help of their Human Resources department and successful hiring strategies, we were up and running by the time our Staff members began to enter the campuses for the school year.

Blaise Winch, Capsugel

The Budd Group has been providing services to Capsugel for over 6 years. The service provided has been excellent and professional. They perform duties in multiple locations including a manufacturing plant, distribution center, office area, machine shop and fitness center. They clean all of the following types of areas at those various locations: office, bathroom, cafeteria, fitness center, locker room, shipping/receiving and CGMP production areas. As it relates to CGMP experience, they also created a sanitation program for the cGMP areas, maintain and created their own operating instructions, maintain document control and follow all cGMP guidelines for hygiene and documentation.

Susan A. Maddux, Presbyterian College

The Budd Group has become a true partner with Presbyterian College. They have taken the time to fully understand our mission and become a true part of the Blue Hose family. The housekeeping staff often pull off miracles when given very little time to clean a space on campus between events. They work long hours and respond 24/7 to emergencies on campus. The landscaping team has transformed the grounds of the campus such that the college regularly gets positive feedback from those who visit the campus. Before outsourcing to The Budd Group, the college performed these services in house. We have seen significant improvement in both housekeeping and grounds since The Budd Group took over.


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