Founded in 2020, VizAeras aims to provide transparency and access to the critical factors that affect indoor environmental quality (IEQ) conditions in a post COVID19 world. The product was conceived by co-founders, Gerald Tautenhahn, and Kevin Maloney, and was first launched for pre-sale in Q1-2021.
The U.S. EPA ranks indoor pollution as a top five environmental risk to public health and estimates that poor indoor air quality affects 33% to 50% of commercial buildings in the U.S. and is responsible for over 10 million lost workdays per year. Globally, approximately 3.8 million people die every year as a result of indoor air pollution.
While many households today may be monitoring and tracking outside threats with security cameras and other devices, aside from fire alarms, the majority are not currently monitoring the threats that live inside their homes. According to a May 2020 Cohesion survey, commercial office building tenants and employees want to feel confident that their buildings are safe and clean, with building cleanliness and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) decidedly the most important factors.
Carbon dioxide monitoring is also becoming an imperative part of COVID-19 preparedness and planning. In California, for example, Governor Newsom signed California Assembly Bill AB 841 into law in September 2020, mandating indoor air quality monitoring to reduce COVID-19 transmission and infection risk. The bill requires classrooms to monitor C02 and provide an alert when the carbon dioxide levels in the classroom have exceeded 1,100 ppm. When people exhale inside a room, carbon dioxide aerosols containing pathogens such as SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) from infected individuals can be used as a vehicle to increase virus concentrations in the indoor air, as shown by the University of Colorado and Harvard School of Public Health. Is it important we monitor indoor CO2 levels inside our homes, offices and classrooms, (targeting concentrations below 1,100 PPM) and provide access to this information so that high concentrations can be addressed or remedied with proper ventilation and airflow.
Numerous studies have also shown an association between poor indoor air quality and heart disease. In particular, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and fine particulate matter (PM) have been found to trigger episodes in arrhythmia patients. In addition to an increase in viral transmission as noted above, other recent studies have shown a correlation between indoor air pollution and carbon dioxide with a decrease in student health, lack of concentration and lower test scores, reduced employee productivity, and even lower business profits.
To Make Indoor Environments Healthier, Safer, and More Accessible.
We will be known for starting a movement; mapping and tracking “The Great Indoors.” Bringing awareness to and monitoring of healthy indoor spaces and protecting the most valuable assets inside the building, its occupants.
In the media
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- "Press Releases Archives". IMA Network.
- "imanetwork". imanetwork.org. Retrieved 27 February 2021.