Kamal Meattle is an Indian environmental activist and CEO of Paharpur Business Centre, which is sometimes called “the healthiest building” in New Delhi, India. Ten years ago during his TEDx talk he showed how an arrangement of three common houseplants, used in specific spots in a home or office building, can result in measurably cleaner indoor air.
What’s the atmosphere like at your job? We’re not talking about the mood among your workmates, but the literal concentration of CO2 and other substances floating through the air. All of these have a strong influence on people’s health and performance.
We each breathe over 10,000 liters of air every day. Do you know what’s inside that air? The Finnish company named 720° is able to measure it. Their project, at whose beginnings stood a Czech named Tomáš Novotný, is improving the atmosphere of offices and more with the power of big data.
“Make sure to breathe right!” That sentence is the first thing most of us hear when entering this world, although it’s more for our mothers than for us. Modern offices, as “incubators,” take this command to heart and try to offer their occupants higher-quality air than what’s out beyond the glass facade. (Another maternity command — “Squeeze!” — is respected more than well enough by your boss...)