Budgets, codes, and technologies are constantly shifting and evolving. These days, even the classrooms are often portable. Staying one step ahead will depend on your knowledge of current design options and how to integrate them into the space.
ASHRAE 170 is just the baseline for the fight against hospital acquired infections (HAIs). The ongoing human and financial tolls taken by these infections point to the need for engineers and facilities to raise their IAQ game wherever possible. Move beyond the minimum and get into the what, where, and how of HEPA filtration, ultraviolet technology, and catalytic air cleaners.
The history of our battle against infections and airborne disease is fascinating. Expand your knowledge and then sharpen your process for evaluating product options to craft better strategies for reducing these health risks.
At 35,000 acres, Denver International Airport (DIA) is the largest airport site in North America, and the second largest in the world. More than 53 million passengers travel through the airport annually.
United Air Specialists has developed a new pleated bag filter that replaces traditional filter bags and cages. Each pleated bag filter has a one-piece construction design, which allows it to be used in new systems or as a simple retrofit in existing bag house equipment for improved system performance.
University of Chicago has combined an underground library with a domed reading room. Throw in a restoration room for work on rare and sensitive materials, and you have a three-tiered
engineering challenge for ventilation, humidification, dehumidification, and filtration.
“Not enough airflow.”
These were just a few of the countless complaints that facilities managers of the Basic Medical Science Building at the University of New Mexico were receiving on a regular basis.
The author describes how toilet flushes
aerosolize germs sending them airborne to soar around and infect their next
victim(s) because bathrooms are designed backwards. Learn novel ways to control
and clean bathroom air to help control airborne disease transmission problems.
So feel free to hold your nose as you learn about how you can help protect
people’s health within your client’s buildings.
Leaning on experience and data from various K-12 cities and projects, the author pursues some less conventional design approaches. They may revolve around radiant heating and/or cooling, but depending on school size and other factors, the smart use of heat recovery, DOAS, and improved central plants could also put a project on the HVAC honor roll.