26 Nov 2019

Industrial hygiene is a series of practices performed to ensure the health of buildings as well as the people who work inside them. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) describes industrial hygiene (IH) as: A science and art devoted to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, prevention, and control of those environmental factors or stresses arising […]

20 Nov 2019

Air handling unit restoration just makes sense. As buildings age, so does the infrastructure and equipment that supports them. Systems break down, components corrode, and building materials degrade. The fact is, as facilities managers well know, equipment needs replacing. This certainly includes air handling units (AHU). Replacement requires new planning, designing, and engineering, and a […]

08 Oct 2019

The Q-Pac HVAC fan retrofit is a viable energy savings upgrade for AHU restoration. Energy efficiency and sustainability are hot topics for building owners and facility managers. More than not these facility stake holders work closely with energy services consultants and engineers to map out plans for bigger savings and returns on investment. It is […]

11 Sep 2019

A multi-approach remediation plan was successfully completed to restore the university campus building* after mycotoxin proliferation. Background Part 1 of this 2 part series explained the likely cause of the chemical byproduct of mold and its spread into different areas of the building. It also demonstrated how the Building Sciences and EDLab divisions of Pure […]

30 Jul 2019

Steam Coil Cleaning Saves Energy: A Case Study Originally published as a case for Pure Air Control Services and reprinted in the Spring 2017 Issue of HVAC/P Magazine. The Project: Georgia Tech University, founded in 1885, covers over 400 acres and has 275 buildings with 9 million square feet which are occupied by over 25,000 […]

24 Jul 2019

5 questions to ask in the duct cleaning specs before awarding a contract. Lowest price versus best value age old conundrum in facilities purchasing. This is especially true and complicated with professional services. Going with the cheapest solution often realizes short term savings. However, it can cost exponentially more in the long run when the […]

30 Apr 2019

Buildings are havens for asthma and allergy triggers. This article will take a look at how to identify and minimize their impact to occupants. Everybody knows how outdoor air affects seasonal allergies. But what about indoor air quality? Even with the most rigorous housekeeping allergy triggers still thrive indoors. Asthma and allergies affect more than […]

09 Apr 2019

Breathing dust or water droplets containing contaminated bird droppings can lead to several diseases, including a pulmonary disease called Cryptococcosis. Birds affect HVAC systems and equipment in many ways. Some ways are obvious. Others? Not so much. Let’s take a look at how birds affect HVAC systems from a mechanical and building health standpoint. HVAC […]

Commercial and especially institutional properties across the United State have to maintain aging infrastructure on a daily basis. One of the most critical components to a building’s health, occupant comfort and energy efficiency is the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, in particular air handling units (AHU) found on rooftops and in mechanical rooms. […]