Indoor air quality is critical to the health and safety of building occupants. The threat of airborne viruses, like SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19, only highlights the need for proper IAQ. The path towards creating a safe indoor environment involves inspection and testing. However, not all commercial IAQ testing companies are equal. In fact, many […]

  Hospital air quality affects the health of staff, patients, and visitors. Healthcare facilities managers looking to keep their buildings safe must focus on providing clean air. This helps reduce the spread of viruses and prevents the growth of mold and bacteria. Doing so requires a prescriptive strategy that includes monitoring as well as remediation. […]

Is Aspergillus Deadly?  Atlanta, GA – With a wide range of serious health implications Aspergillus is a widely recognized type of fungi. Reactions include allergic reactions and fungal infection. Symptoms can be severe and misdiagnosed as lung cancer or tuberculosis in some occurrences of Aspergillus. A report published in the Aspergillus Website Newsletter – September […]

Of the many benefits of improved building ventilation and filtration, cognitive functioning is among them. This is the finding of the COGfx Study 3: Global Buildings conducted by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Global Health. The school’s research on how IAQ affects occupants’ cognitive performance spans a decade. The most recent study found that […]

A new study shows the relationship between ventilation and viruses as well as between humidity and viruses. Using the Wells-Riley model helped researchers observe the effects of both humidity and ventilation on the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The study, set for publication in November, is the result of a joint effort among Scandinavian and Baltic researchers. It […]

The COVID-19 pandemic closed K-12 schools across the country. Students and teachers, as well as parents, had to adapt to remote learning. Educators did the best they could with the resources available, but there is no substitute for in-person learning. The pandemic is not over, however, but schools have reopened. Some schools enforce social distancing […]

As an increasing number of workers return to the workplace, not everyone is eager to get back. Building air safety remains a concern in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even before current variants became known a reluctance to go back to the office existed. In fact, according to a study conducted earlier in 2021 by […]

Effective air filtration is key to maintaining good indoor air quality. In fact, you could say that an HVAC system is only as good as its air filtration system. The main function of the filtration system is to keep heating and cooling coils dust- and dirt-free, but it also works to limit chemicals, gasses, and […]

We might think we are safer inside than out when it comes to breathing dirty air but the fact is, that indoor air is oftentimes much more polluted than the air outdoors. The risk of airborne virus transmission is also greater and the COVID-19 pandemic highlights the need for higher IAQ standards. Of course, the […]

The U.S. has not faced a public health crisis like COVID-19 in over a century. Back then we did not have the mechanical systems we have today. This presented a new challenge for school building engineers. Many HVAC systems required maintenance and updating and some of the air quality measures now required were not supported […]