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Hospital Air Quality Requires a Prescriptive Strategy

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. Why Hospital Air Quality is Important Hospital air quality is critical during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. It keeps patients safe and gives staff confidence that their health is important to administrators. While it reduces transmission risk, it also helps foster positive PR. Ensuring good air quality in healthcare facilities also keeps buildings in compliance with guidelines set by local agencies as well as the CDC, ASHRAE, and ASHE.  Creating a Certified Pure Air Indoor Environment helps hospitals build a health program on the six pillars of building health. Consequently, this holistic approach uses engineered services to monitor and improve a facility’s performance and safety through cleaning and restoration. Six Pillars of Improving Hospital Air Quality A prescriptive strategy for improving and ...
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Bipolar Ionization White Paper from EDLab Published by CABA

Poor building management has severe consequences for building occupants. This has always been true but in a post-pandemic world, business owners and facilities managers must respond to myriad challenges presented by chemical and biological contaminants. That is the conclusion of a bipolar ionization white paper recently published by the Continental Automated Building Association (CABA). The report also shows that bipolar ionization reduces airborne S. aureus concentrations by approximately 99.87 percent after 180 minutes. This bipolar ionization white paper is a good resource for building managers and business owners concerned with the health and safety of their buildings. Maintaining Smart, Safe Buildings The main author of the bipolar ionization white paper is the director of Pure Air Control's Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory, Dr. Rajiv Sahay. The report takes a closer look at the effectiveness of bipolar ionization on building contaminants. The takeaway for facilities managers is that poor building maintenance impacts indoor air quality. This in turn affects the mental and physical health of building occupants. It lowers morale and productivity. Alan Wozniak, CIAQP, CIEC, President of Pure Air ...
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HVAC Circular Economy Champions Restoration and Retrofit Services

For business owners and facility managers, the comfort and safety of building occupants are top priorities. That means ensuring proper indoor air quality. Improving IAQ requires the use of energy and materials, however. In many cases, this creates a linear economy where system components are replaced as they degrade. This results in unnecessary waste and increased carbon emissions. One way to break out of the linear economy and into an HVAC circular economy is through repair and restoration instead of replacement. The cost benefits of creating this system make it even more attractive. The health benefits of improved system performance are well documented too.  HVAC Circular Economy A linear economy treats natural resources as expendable. The products made from resources become waste, in fact, it’s by design. This “take, make, waste” approach results in higher costs for businesses that need to replace outdated equipment. It’s also unsustainable as it uses resources without replacing them.  By contrast, a circular economy, or circularity, includes the reuse of resources. It relies on repair and refurbishment instead of replacement. This creates ...
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HVAC Refurbishment Logical Choice During Supply Disruption

COVID-19 has caused major disruptions in the lives of millions of people across the US and the world. As the pandemic gets under control we are now dealing with the ripple effects of the virus. A shortage of raw materials, copper and steel in particular, as well as a shortage of semiconductors, create headaches for HVAC contractors. COVID is not the only cause of shortages. Other factors include high tariffs on imports from China, high summer demand, a shortage of drivers, rising ocean freight rates, and transportation bottlenecks—all of these things combine to create a supply chain nightmare. The silver lining for facilities managers is that HVAC refurbishment is a cost-effective solution to restore and upgrade equipment fast. HVAC Refurbishment Indoor air quality impacts the health, wellbeing, and comfort of building occupants. Poor IAQ impedes children’s cognitive functioning in schools. It also leads to Sick Building Syndrome in office workers and can trigger asthma, allergies, and other respiratory illnesses as well. Therefore, it makes for building managers to, not just maintain HVAC systems, but to improve them.  ...
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Pandemic Offers Generational Chance to Improve School IAQ

The COVID-19 pandemic revealed many weaknesses in school buildings across the country. According to a recent report from the American Society of Civil Engineers, 53 percent of the public schools in the United States have building systems in need of replacement or upgrades. Forty-one percent of these schools report problems with their HVAC system. Half of those schools report systems that are either in poor or fair condition. Until these issues are addressed, students and staff remain at risk.  While Congress has made billions of dollars available for infrastructure improvements through the American Rescue Plan, additional funding means more ways to improve school IAQ.  The Push to Improve school IAQ The coronavirus infects people via airborne transmission. Therefore, ventilation and air filtration are critical to the health and wellbeing of students and staff. The current standard for air changes per hour is three, however, four to six is a better goal to improve school IAQ. Schools that take action to improve school IAQ will have healthier students with improved test scores and lower absenteeism as a result ...
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