how to grow your own fresh
                    air


      Kamal Meattle
      meattle@pbcnet.com


photo credit: Rhys Jon...
Why? Pollution


   I live in New Delhi, India, and I became
            allergic to the ambient air

             It was ...
Research – IIT, TERI, NASA

   The Discovery
   With only three varieties of plants, we can
   “grow our own fresh air” in...
Which are these plants?
     “The Living Room              “The Bedroom Plant”          “The Specialist Plant”
           ...
The Results


 Tried and tested these plants for 15 years at:
 Paharpur Business Centre and Software Technology
 Incubator...
The Results – Health & Productivity
  Study found that there is a 42% probability of increasing
  blood oxygen by 1% if on...
The Results – Energy Conservation



 Our experience points to an amazing increase in
 human productivity resulting from u...
The Future

 We’re now replicating this concept in a much
 larger 1.75 million ft2 building

 We intend to use over 60,000...
Why? Buildings and Climate Change
  World energy demand is expected to grow
   by 30% in the next decade. Buildings
    co...
“Be the change you want to see in the world”
                   - Mahatma Gandhi


               thank you for listening
...
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  1. 1. how to grow your own fresh air Kamal Meattle meattle@pbcnet.com photo credit: Rhys Jones (http://flickr.com/photos/rhys400d/420425672/)
  2. 2. Why? Pollution I live in New Delhi, India, and I became allergic to the ambient air It was killing me My lung capacity had gone down to 70%
  3. 3. Research – IIT, TERI, NASA The Discovery With only three varieties of plants, we can “grow our own fresh air” indoors, to keep us healthy This also allows us to have reduced fresh air supplied to buildings and yet meet Industry standards for healthy indoor air.
  4. 4. Which are these plants? “The Living Room “The Bedroom Plant” “The Specialist Plant” Plant” Areca Palm Mother-in-law's Tongue Money Plant (Chrysalidocarpus (Sansevieria trifasciata) (Epipremnum aureum) lutescens) For more information on these plants, visit: http://www.greenspaces.in/blog/ted09/
  5. 5. The Results Tried and tested these plants for 15 years at: Paharpur Business Centre and Software Technology Incubator Park, New Delhi, India It is a 20 year old, 50,000 ft2 building Over 1,200 plants for 300 building occupants
  6. 6. The Results – Health & Productivity Study found that there is a 42% probability of increasing blood oxygen by 1% if one is inside the building for 10 hours Rated healthiest building in Delhi by the Government of India* Compared to other buildings in Delhi, the incidence of: Eye irritation 52% Respiratory symptoms 34% Headaches 24% Lung impairment 12% Asthma 9% *Study published on September 8, 2008 by The Govt. of India, Central Pollution Control Board and Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute, Kolkata, India
  7. 7. The Results – Energy Conservation Our experience points to an amazing increase in human productivity resulting from using these plants to be >20%, and energy costs to reduce by an extraordinary >15% Learn more about the study or check on today’s indoor air quality at http://www.pbcnet.com
  8. 8. The Future We’re now replicating this concept in a much larger 1.75 million ft2 building We intend to use over 60,000 indoor plants! Follow our progress at http://www.greenspaces.in/blog
  9. 9. Why? Buildings and Climate Change World energy demand is expected to grow by 30% in the next decade. Buildings consume 40% of the world’s energy* In another 15 years, more than 60% of the world’s population will be living in cities of over 1 million inhabitants There is a growing preference for living and working in air-conditioned spaces *source: United Nations Environment Program, March 2007
  10. 10. “Be the change you want to see in the world” - Mahatma Gandhi thank you for listening Kamal Meattle | meattle@pbcnet.com photo credit: Rhys Jones (http://flickr.com/photos/rhys400d/420425672/)

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