In the 1980s/1990s it was Sick Building Syndrome.
In the 2000s we got LEED Certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) from the US Green Building Council (USGBC) with thorough examination of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ).
After that we learned how to properly clean the HVAC system components to avoid problems (although seldom do).
Then 2020 happened.
The Coronavirus Pandemic caused over 3 Million deaths and over 150 Million people to be sickened by CoVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus that started spreading in 2019. Once we learned that the virus spreads through microscopic, airborne particles, IAQ showed up in the spotlight again.
Now more than ever, we need to know how and when to literally clear (or clean) the air we breathe in our buildings and homes.
Open windows. Flushing. Hi-Tech. Today air cleaning technology options have exploded on the market. Newman Consulting Group spent much of 2020 and into the first part of 2021 learning about and examining the options and helping clients find ways to pay for these kinds of upgrades.
Because the virus is also transmitted through droplets and aerosols in the air, ensuring proper ventilation with better IAQ to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses is also critical. We compared various air filtration and air cleaning technologies (see chart). The most commonly used include higher MERV-rated (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) Media Filtration, UV (Ultra-Violet Light) Purification and Bi-Polar Ionization.
In 2020, COVID-19 affected how the Detroit Ronald McDonald House (RMH) could operate. Physical distancing, face masks and frequent hand washing became the norm. Concerned about the health and safety of the families, staff and volunteers, it become increasingly important to ensure the environment in the House was safe.
With mounting evidence that ambient air conditions within a building might contribute to the spread of the disease, RMH leadership asked NCG about air cleaning technologies that could mitigate it. See what we did here.
Likewise, concerned about high energy costs as well as the health and welfare of staff and patrons, the developer of the Clarkston Comfort Inn opted to install one of the most effective active air cleaning technologies being used today. For maximum benefit, it is in the common areas as well as the individual rooms.