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College Air Quality Among Top 3 Decision Factors for Parents & Students

Many factors influence parents’ decisions about where to send their children to college. Concern about the quality of education and its cost weigh on their minds, but health and safety do as well. In fact, according to a recent survey conducted by real estate services company JLL, college air quality is one of the top three factors parents consider in their college selection. College Air Quality Concerns The pandemic hit higher education hard. The risks of in-class learning remain a concern especially with the emergence of new variants of COVID-19. Colleges and universities want to restore the confidence of both students and parents as well as faculty members. That requires a proactive plan to address IAQ issues. The JLL survey found that for 84 percent of parents, campus cleanliness and college air quality were either somewhat important or important. This was the third factor behind the quality of the school and its affordability. “Identifying potential issues that could impact indoor air quality is the key to maintaining healthy college campuses,” said Frank Santini, Director of Strategic Initiatives ...
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Safe Air Quality is a Concern Study Shows

Facilities managers may wonder how building occupants feel about the indoor environments where they spend most of their time. They may be interested to know that a majority of occupants may not feel their buildings have safe air quality. At least that was the findings of a recent survey conducted by the consulting agency Savanta.  Safe Air Quality Survey Results The survey included 1,165 participants ages 18 and over from Canada and the United States. Survey respondents spend time in different types of buildings including offices, condos, and hotels. Savanta found that 73 percent of those surveyed did not believe the air and water in their buildings were safe. Fewer than 30 percent feel that indoor air and water quality is comfortably safe in offices, condominiums, and hotels.  By contrast, 74 percent responded that they feel safe entering air quality-certified or air quality-rated buildings. They are not wrong to feel that way. According to the World Health Organization, as much as 40 percent of the buildings in North America are sick. The question is how do facilities ...
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HVAC Assessments: What the New OSHA Standard Recommends

In June of this year, OSHA conducted a review of the latest COVID-19 science, data, and guidance. After consulting with the CDC, OSHA issued an emergency temporary standard (ETS) for employers working in healthcare and healthcare support services. However, despite the name "COVID-19 Healthcare ETS" the rule applies to any organization that provides first aid services. This could include schools as well. Whether your business falls into these categories or not, proper ventilation is a key part of fighting the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. As a result, HVAC assessments play a critical role. Your COVID-19 Plan The ETS recommends provisions for physical barriers, training, and ventilation. While this guidance affects health care facilities and schools, all businesses should take note. It is one of the many reasons employers need to develop a COVID-19 plan for the workplace. A COVID plan should include steps to prevent the spread of the virus. This includes maintaining social distancing, creating safer traffic patterns in the building as well as conducting HVAC assessments. Plans should include screening building occupants and visitors ...
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Clean HVAC Systems: The Key to Healthy Buildings

The COVID-19 pandemic taught us many things. For facilities managers, it further stressed the importance of building health. While managers and engineers have long understood the relationship between indoor air quality and the health of building occupants, the pandemic prompted stakeholders to refocus resources on creating safer, healthier buildings, and that includes clean HVAC systems. For our part Pure Air Control Services’ Certified Pure Air Indoor Environment program gets buildings healthy. We use systems and methods to create healthy IAQ and monitor conditions so it stays that way. This includes steps to inspect and clean HVAC systems, provide baseline evaluations, and purify the air. It’s all a part of the six pillars of building health.  Six Pillars of Building Health A building health program built on the foundation of IAQ testing, HVAC cleaning, and the monitoring of environmental conditions creates a healthy environment for everyone.  These pillars include:
  1. Baseline evaluation of IAQ conditions (included in our Building Health Check
  2. Cleaning and restoring of HVAC systems
  3. Reduction of particles in the supply and return ductwork
  4. Neutralization of ...
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K-12 School Stimulus for HVAC Cleaning and Upgrades

Many schools across the United States operate with older HVAC systems. In fact, a recent U.S. Government Accountability Office report found that as many as 54 percent of public schools in the U.S. need to replace or repair their HVAC systems. The good news is that the K-12 school stimulus approved by the U.S. Education Department clears the way for federal funding to be used for HVAC improvements. K-12 School Stimulus In March of this year, President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act. Known as ARPA, this plan released billions of dollars in relief funding to help K-12 schools reopen safely. Over 120 billion of that money went towards the K-12 School Stimulus. Schools may put those funds to use in repairing and improving HVAC systems. This ensures cleaner indoor air and a lower risk for the spread of SARS-CoV-2 and other pathogens. Identifying Problem Through Assessments K-12 school stimulus funds help schools in all 50 states plus Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia with the return to classes. For example, the funds ...
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