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Solving Indoor Airborne Disease Transmission Problems

August 1, 2011
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.
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Taking Notes: Desiccant Dehumidification

June 1, 2011
Whether your client has a school or office building, desiccant dehumidification can successfully control the project’s humidity, save energy, and remove pollutants. This primer empowers you to teach your clients how desiccants work, while other tips and applications can help your future projects more than make the grade.
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Liquid Desiccant Dehumidification

May 1, 2010
While their dry counterparts are an HVAC industry standard, liquid desiccant dehumidification (LDD) systems have been common only in industrial applications. Small units have produced very impressive EER and COP results, yet only a handful are installed in commercial applications. While companies touting their “new” LDD systems have come and gone, there’s a new generation of LDD commercial technologies in town. How will these “new and improved” LDD systems perform in terms of humidity control, energy, IAQ, and occupant health and comfort? Is now finally the time when they can revolutionize both humidity control and heat recovery to become the new, healthy, energy efficiency magic potion?
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SAVE LIVES: Become A Mechanical Engineer

February 1, 2010
OK, the author knows that’s not what the college recruiting brochures said back when you attended your bastion of higher learning, but that may change very soon. There is enough solid science available to back up the claims that controlling IAQ can, in fact, save lives. We focus on the airborne germ du jour - influenza - in order to illustrate how your decisions on controlling the indoor air in your clients’ buildings can be critical to health and life preservation.
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How Humidification Affects Health, Mold and Airborne Germs

February 1, 2010
If you were a mold spore, your mantra might be, “Surface moisture: can live with it, can’t live without it.” If you were a bacteria or virus, it would be just the opposite - they love low-humidity ambient conditions. Read on for insights into condensate prevention on cooler surfaces, hospital humidification standards here and abroad, and avoiding a recipe for mold soup.
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