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.
Bosch has introduced a new lineup of 9- and 14-gallon vacuums. The VAC090S and VAC090A 9-gallon vacuums and VAC140S and VAC140A 14-gallon vacuums are designed to increase dust extraction performance and decrease the loss of suction by offering two options of on-board filter cleaning; semi-automatic and automatic. These features are especially important in applications that require premium dust extraction such as tuckpointing, concrete surfacing, concrete drilling, cutting and chipping concrete, and collecting a diversity of dust particles in stationary workshops.
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.