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100% Outside Air - Is it Really One of the Best Solutions for Flushing Buildings?

Mon, Aug 03, 2020 @ 05:16 / by Jim Newman posted in HVAC, indoor air quality, sick building syndrome, coronavirus, COVID-19

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In the age of COVID, we have to look at all available - and viable - options for occupant safety.

To help slow the spread of the coronavirus, ASHRAE, CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and WHO (the World Health Organization) currently recommend running HVAC systems for a minimum of 4 hours (but preferably more) on a daily basis with 100% outside air (OA) to “flush out” the virus. I would love to be 100% on board with this recommendation all year round. But I’m not.

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Why Good IAQ Matters in the Age of COVID-19

Mon, Jun 29, 2020 @ 04:11 / by Jim Newman posted in HVAC, IAQ, indoor air quality, COVID-19

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Some estimates place the cost of poor indoor air quality (IAQ) to the United States' economy at $200 Billion in today’s dollars. In the age of COVID-19, good IAQ as we have known it is no longer enough.  

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Three Coronavirus Prevention Techniques for Your Building - a Comparison

Tue, May 19, 2020 @ 05:27 / by Jim Newman posted in HVAC, ASHRAE, indoor air quality, BOMA, coronavirus

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As those of us in the building management and maintenance field prepare to “re-open” buildings, the health and safety of our tenants, guests, patients, staff and residents remains top-of-mind. Soon the general public will leave the comfort and safety of their homes where they have been limiting human contact for weeks, and venture out into the world with other people.guy with cold

We must be prepared for them so they can feel safe when returning to shop, work and play in “the new normal.”

Nothing about building maintenance will be normal – perhaps for quite a while.  Every commercial building in the US and probably in most industrial nations, is now taking – or should be taking – extra precautions to ensure safety. People should feel safe going back to work, and building owners and managers must enact measures to both ensure safety and prevent, or at least minimize, potential litigation.

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Coronavirus and Building Wellness – What You Need to Do NOW

Tue, Mar 17, 2020 @ 11:57 / by Guest Post by Jeff Seippel posted in HVAC, IAQ, Green Design, Sustainability, indoor air qulity, Sustainable Design, resilience, Energy

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Having worked in the HVAC optimization and wellness field for the last 15 years, I have never seen a better opportunity to have a long overdue discussion about how our mechanical systems direct and drive building wellness. The current worldwide focus on halting the spread of COVID-19 has brought this topic to a level of urgent action.

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The Times They Are a Changin’, or Are They?

Mon, Jan 13, 2020 @ 02:16 / by Jim Newman posted in HVAC, Building Energy Management Systems, High Performance Buildings, BEMIS, energy conservation, Internet of Things

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It’s 2020 and we are in for BIG changes in this decade!  Or are we?

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