Vancouver International Airport achieves 'healthy building' honour

Vancouver International Airport has been given a UL Verified Healthy Building Mark | Photo submitted

Vancouver International Airport has added yet another accolade to its burgeoning trophy cabinet, after it was honoured for its “healthy building” status.

As the airport celebrated its 91st birthday today, it was informed that UL Solutions, a global leader in applied safety science, had awarded it a UL Verified Healthy Building Mark – reportedly the world’s first airport to receive the designation.

According to UL, the airport underwent an extensive process to earn the verification, apparently “demonstrating excellent indoor air quality (IAQ) and water quality.”

The visits by UL included visual inspections, IAQ and water quality performance testing, assessments and recommendations for improved management of all building systems.

YVR takes people's health seriously

“YVR is a global connection hub, and we have a responsibility to provide a safe, clean and efficient space for employees, travelers and the general community to move through,” said Arran McAteer, YVR’s director of facilities and maintenance.

“While the highest environmental health and wellness standards have always been a priority for us, becoming the first airport to earn the UL Verified Healthy Building designation further demonstrates our commitment to providing a best-in-class experience for all who move through YVR."

Sean McCrady, UL’s director of asset and sustainability performance, added that, as passenger travel rebounds, “it is a critical time for airports to demonstrate a commitment to travelers, employees and the indoor environment by leading with science to help validate quality and cleanliness.

“By being the first ever to earn the UL Verified Healthy Building Mark for Indoor Air and Water for an airport, the Vancouver Airport Authority has taken a significant step in advancing indoor environmental health.”