Con­sair has a dust free mission

Research has shown that sig­ni­ficant­ly more atten­tion has to be paid to the air qua­li­ty at con­struc­tion sites. Small silica dust par­ticles in the air cause more deaths per year glo­bal­ly than work place acci­dents, traf­fic and suici­des put together.

Govern­ments in Euro­pe and the Uni­ted Sta­tes are forcing stric­ter rules on dust cont­rol and thus pro­tec­ting the health of the wor­kers during con­struc­tion and users of the comple­ted buil­ding from indoor air qua­li­ty problems.

We do not just design and pro­duce dust cont­rol equip­ment, we are also deve­lo­ping solu­tions which make con­struc­tion work easier and more efficient whi­le also taking care of the dust issue. We offer bet­ter ergo­no­mics and usa­bi­li­ty to the site and solu­tions which are easy to apply into use for both the deci­sion maker and the user.

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Con­sair Ltd. – Com­pa­ny introduction

We are a growth com­pa­ny that pro­mo­tes the health of buil­ding wor­kers and the clean­li­ness of indoor air. Con­sair Ltd. star­ted when we con­duc­ted a sur­vey with the Fin­nish Meteo­ro­lo­gical Ins­ti­tu­te and the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hel­sin­ki in sum­mer 2011 on the air qua­li­ty of con­struc­tion sites fun­ded by Skans­ka Talon­ra­ken­nus Oy. On the basis of the results, it was deter­mi­ned that more atten­tion should be paid to the air qua­li­ty at con­struc­tion sites. As, inci­den­tal­ly, inha­lable par­ticles cause more deaths than total acci­dents at work, traf­fic and suici­de worldwi­de. Anot­her impor­tant fin­ding of the stu­dy was that air qua­li­ty in site huts is often even wor­se than on the site. We will con­ti­nue to par­tici­pa­te in research rela­ted to con­struc­tion time dust. By inc­rea­sing infor­ma­tion and dis­se­mi­na­ting it to com­pa­nies and emplo­yees in the con­struc­tion industry, we work for the health and well-being of con­struc­tion wor­kers. In addi­tion, the wor­king popu­la­tion is aging; mea­su­res must be taken so that the aging staff can cope with the phy­sical demands of their work and occu­pa­tio­nal disea­ses are prevented.

P1 con­struc­tion impro­ves indoor air quality

The­re are cur­rent­ly three major chan­ges in the con­struc­tion industry: the con­struc­tion industry is trying to turn into a ser­vice busi­ness, con­struc­tion is digi­tizing and site puri­ty is beco­ming one of the qua­li­ty fac­tors of con­struc­tion. The best example of the lat­ter in Fin­land is the so-cal­led P1 con­struc­tion, in which the cont­rac­tor is requi­red to pro­duce an end result that is compliant with the more strin­gent indoor air qua­li­ty stan­dards. Howe­ver, the cur­rent P1 con­struc­tion gui­de­li­nes are not unam­bi­guo­us. Each buil­der car­ries out dust mana­ge­ment as he sees fit, and the­re are big dif­fe­rences in the results. During 2018–19 we ran a joint P1 con­struc­tion pro­ject, which star­ted in 2018, for which we recei­ved KIRA-digi fun­ding from the Fin­nish Mini­stry of Environment.

Bet­ter solu­tions for dust control

At con­struc­tion sites, 40–70% of the wor­kers’ time is spent on moving mate­rials or goods and clea­ning the site. Reducing this work means more efficiency and more mar­gin. Con­sair Ltd’s first solu­tion for con­struc­tion site dust cont­rol was the CAMU 1200 source ext­rac­tion unit for dry mix blen­ding, which was ini­tial­ly sold by the name of Laas­ti­Ka­mu. Our cur­rent pro­duct is the CAMU D2, launc­hed in 2019.

We are not trying to design and manu­fac­tu­re only dust ext­rac­tion equip­ment; we deve­lop solu­tions that make wor­king easier and more efficient whi­le eli­mi­na­ting the dust problem. We bring bet­ter ergo­no­mics and usa­bi­li­ty to con­struc­tion sites and pro­vi­de solu­tions that are easy for the cus­to­mer and especial­ly for the end user.

The solu­tions on the mar­ket for dust cont­rol are very one-sided. In addi­tion, their use on the site is too restric­ted, as they are not desig­ned with end users. We belie­ve that the mar­ket for dust cont­rol solu­tions will grow strongly in the near futu­re as more and more atten­tion is paid to the problem. We make acti­ve pro­duct deve­lop­ment and design solu­tions for, among others, total dust cont­rol during reno­va­tion. The CAMU 1200 is pro­tec­ted by a uti­li­ty model and has won a major design award in Fin­land. In pro­duct deve­lop­ment, we have strong design and engi­nee­ring exper­ti­se, as well as good rela­tions­hips with con­struc­tion com­pa­nies. Today, we have 8 ent­husias­tic and skil­led people wor­king at Consair.