Purafil Delivers Northwestern University Athletics Air Filtration Solutions to Help Reduce Indoor Spread of Airborne Viruses

Purafil’s PuraShield™ Smart Solutions Remove Aerosols Carrying Viruses Sep. 9, 2020 – CHICAGO – Purafil, a global leader in air filtration systems working with K-12 school districts and large universities across North America, today announced the installation of multiple PuraShield™ Smart 1000 portable filtration systems for Northwestern University Athletics & Recreation. The PuraShield™ Smart 1000, […]

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Risk Management Plan for Buildings

A seven-step risk management plan is available to assist architects and clients when re-occupying buildings during the COVID-19 pandemic. Overall, the plan assists with assessing hazards, applying architectural or engineering strategies, and reducing risk. It uses an evidence-based design approach, documents design decisions, and functions as a repository for coordinated work with building owners. Follow […]

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The TRUTH About HVAC Systems and Viruses

The SARS-CoV-2 virus that leads to COVID-19 has been blamed for the deaths of more than 170,000 Americans. A great deal of research has been done to evaluate the virus, its epidemiology, and how it can be transmitted from one person to another. There are some who want to sensationalize recent scientific research and lay […]

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3 Strategies to Prevent HVAC from Spreading Airborne Coronavirus

Protocols keeping people safe from COVID-19 have been implemented at facilities throughout the world. Some of these changes have been regulated by governments, but far more have been implemented by organizations trying to take the best information they have and put it into practice. There is an overwhelming body of data suggesting that face masks, […]

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Combatting Virus Spread with Indoor Air Hygiene

Incorporating one or more air purification methods can have a dramatic impact on reducing the spread of infection through the airborne pathways.

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How PuraShield 500 can benefit commercial spaces

Researchers believe that virally charged microdroplets from patient zero were carried by the airstreams generated by the air conditioning system.

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College Campuses

College Campuses Housing Labs & Classrooms Dining & Rec. Centers Administration Offices Library Solving Indoor Air Hygiene Challenges on College Campuses To help reduce the risk of spreading infection within the students and staff, changes are often needed to the ventilation and filtration systems to ensure that the indoor environment is maintaining the appropriate level […]

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VIRTUAL WALL®

As industrial buildings re-open, enhanced indoor air quality is paramount to ensuring employee health and safety.  The optimum HVAC solution for large, open industrial workspaces with mixed occupancy, combines tempered fresh outdoor air, building pressurization and zoned heating.  Integrating focused radiant heat with make-up air handlers creates an HVAC package to protect industrial worker safety […]

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ASHRAE PROVIDES GUIDANCE FOR EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES TO RE-OPEN

Last week (July 17, 2020) the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) presented a set of guidelines and best practices for the reopening of schools and higher education campuses.  Within the information they provided was additional justification and potential concerns related to filtration and indoor air quality systems.  As the world […]

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COVID-19 infections are spread via airborne aerosols

The world is quickly becoming aware that COVID-19 infections are spread via airborne aerosols in addition to the point to point contact and large droplet methods that have been the focus since the beginning of the pandemic. This has placed a spotlight directly on the HVAC systems in buildings and how they can be used […]

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239 Experts With One Big Claim The Coronavirus Is Airborne

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/04/health/239-experts-with-one-big-claim-the-coronavirus-is-airborne.html

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Airborne Coronavirus: What You Should Do Now

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/06/health/coronavirus-airborne-aerosols.html

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Healthy building modifications that managers can implement now

We are starting to see more and more articles and guidance related to keeping indoor spaces healthy being put out by the real estate industry. This article, published by the Colorado Real Estate Journal, provides a perspective on “modifications that we can enact now to improve the health of buildings and the well-being of tenants.” […]

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ASHRAE Task Force Recommends Increased Ventilation and Filtration for Schools and Universities

The ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force recently released a position paper warning that, “Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 through the air is sufficiently likely that airborne exposure to the virus should be controlled.” The Task Force states that improving the operation of HVAC systems can reduce airborne exposure to the virus. The overall concept ASHRAE recommends is to […]

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Investing in healthy buildings results in safety and value

This article describes the commercial benefits of healthier buildings, including: greater health and confidence in employees better investor receptivity increased productivity and collaboration higher property values  https://nerej.com/investing-in-healthy-buildings-results-in-safety-and-value-by-jeffrey-diehl A study of building owners cited in the report suggests buildings that implement healthy building practices are worth 7% more than comparable conventional buildings, are easier to lease, […]

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Stopping Basement Moisture Infiltration

There is a drastic difference between handling a damp basement and one with an actual water problem. If your basement receives any visible amount of liquid water, either puddling or flowing, you must repair the problems that cause it. When you get enough water to see puddles or trickling streams it is usually coming in […]

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Say Goodbye to Musty Basement Odors

We’ve all gone into a basement and smelled that oppressive, musty, moldy odor. You know the odor…the one that makes you want to go back upstairs. If you have ever wondered what that odor is and what causes it, keep reading. Most people identify these smells as “mold”. People sometimes refer to it as “mildew-odor” […]

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Buildings Magazine Publishes Checklist

As you prepare to reopen your building there are various things to consider. Of course, one of these is the Indoor Air Hygiene and we have provided some resources on this site to assist with this. However, there are other systems and processes which need to be reviewed or addressed before opening as well. Buildings […]

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How can airborne transmission of COVID-19 indoors be minimised

As the pandemic continues, we learn more and more about COVID-19 each day. Research on transmission suggests multiple infection paths and often presents leaders with conflicting results. In this article, titled “Can airborne transmission of Covid-19 indoors be minimized,” the author cites engineering controls need to be implemented in order to reduce the potential for […]

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STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO INCREASING THE AIR HYGIENE OF YOUR FACILITY

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Step 5

Upgrading your HVAC system to bring in conditioned fresh, outside air By upgrading your HVAC system to bring in fresh, conditioned air, you avoid recirculating airborne contaminants. Maintain proper humidity levels to prohibit virus, bacteria and mold reproduction and function.

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Step 4

Add localized air purifiers and dehumidifiers Consider adding localized, stand-alone air purifiers and dehumidifiers in high-traffic and commonly occupied areas to help prevent the spread of bacteria and virus.

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Step 3

Upgrade to the optimal filter Upgrade efficiency to MERV 13 or higher which will capture more pathogens. Adding molecular filtration to your filter system can remove more contaminants along with enhanced antimicrobial properties.

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Step 2

Inspect and change air filters often Inspect: Do my filters seal into their holding frames or tracks? A filter only works when it is sealed properly eliminating bypass. Replace: Change out your filters every 3 months for optimal filtration.

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Step 1

Flush your facility with clean outside air ASHRAE recommends you review HVAC programming to provide flushing two hours before and post occupancies. This includes operating the exhaust fans as well as opening the outside air dampers. For buildings without the capacity to treat large quantities of outside air and when outside air conditions are moderate, […]

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Industrial Facilities

Industrial Facilities Hygienic Air Solutions for Industrial Facilities Adding increased levels of fresh air provides a safer, healthier, and more productive indoor environment for employees. Infection control was likely not considered a priority when the HVAC systems in most industrial workplaces were specified. However, when properly configured with the correct amount of outdoor air, leveraging […]

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Food Processors

Food Processors Hygienic Air Solutions forFood Processors Adding increased levels of fresh air provides a safer, healthier, and more productive indoor environment for employees. Airborne human infection control was likely not considered a priority when the HVAC systems inmost industrial food processing workplaces weredesigned. However, when properly controlled withthe correct amount of outdoor air, leveraging […]

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How to improve your Indoor Air Hygiene when you do not own your space.

We all know that clean air is critical for human health.   The 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic has shed a spotlight on that concern as we all contemplate ways to reduce the spread of the virus and protect ourselves, or associates, and our families.  Many of those ways focus on the potential airborne spread of the disease, […]

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Fitness Centers

Fitness Facilities Tough Times RequireFresh Ideas… Indoor air quality in a fitness facility is particularly important because of the proximity of patrons as well as their increased rate of respiration and perspiration. If your facility incorporates a pool or spa, this further increases your indoor air quality challenges by introducing additional humidity and enhanced potential […]

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Airports

Airports Limiting The Spread of Infection Is More Important Now Than Ever In this new reality, while practicing social distancing and cleaning surfaces, we have begun to ask ourselves what are the next steps in taking precautions to prevent the spread of airborne pathogens? According to a study done by the CDC, aerosolized viral droplets […]

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