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What if You Don't Have a Ventilation System in Your Building?

Thu, Oct 29, 2020 @ 01:46 / by Guest Post by Simon Ren, P.E., CEM posted in HVAC, IAQ, indoor air quality, coronavirus, COVID-19, bi-polar ionization

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Note: Simon Ren, P.E., CEM, serves on the Detroit ASHRAE COVID-19 Task Force with Jim Newman, Sonya Pouncy and others. This article comes from a similar piece written for the Task Force. Members of the Task Force have been speaking to various business and building owner groups on their expertise as it pertains to mitigating the effects of the coronavirus in buildings. Find additional resources at DetroitAshrae.org/COVID_19_task_force.

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IAQ and COVID - Moving from What Now? To What Next?

Thu, Aug 27, 2020 @ 06:34 / by Jim Newman posted in IAQ, ASHRAE, indoor air quality, COVID-19, bi-polar ionization

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Three steps to take now to improve Indoor Air Quality in the Age of Coronavirus.

People wearing masks at work.

(Updated chart 11/23/20) Whether your building is open, opening soon or closed until next year, you are behind if you’re not already planning to improve indoor air quality (IAQ) at your facility. (See “Why Good IAQ Matters in the Age of COVID-19.”) If you made changes to improve safety back in May or June (as we transitioned out of total lockdown), new information, products and tools that we discuss here may mean you’re looking at making changes again.

The good news is that there’s a lot of useful information out there. Some of it, however, gives conflicting messages. (See “100% Outside Air - Is it Really One of the Best Solutions for Flushing Buildings?”) Don’t jump in and grasp at the first shiny penny. Study the options, talk to experts, and then do what makes the most sense for your people and your bottom line.

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