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Focus on Air Quality When Preparing to Reopen Buildings

Trane® Indoor Air Quality Assessment Identifies How Building Managers Can Improve Enclosed Environments with Four Key Actions To prepare for reopening business indoor, whether now or in the future, building managers have been focused on how to accommodate social distancing, implement mask-wearing policies and thoroughly sanitize surfaces. However, there is another key consideration required for success: indoor air quality. After receiving a petition from 239 experts, the World Health Organization (WHO) has revised its guidance… Read More

Researchers Create Air Filter Designed to Trap and Kill the Coronavirus

By Jeannie Kever, University of Houston Nickel foam filter is designed to catch, heat and kill the virus and other pathogens. Researchers from the University of Houston (UH), in collaboration with others, have designed a “catch and kill” air filter that can trap the virus responsible for COVID-19, killing it instantly. Zhifeng Ren, director of the Texas Center for Superconductivity at UH, collaborated with Monzer Hourani, CEO of Medistar, a Houston-based medical real estate development… Read More

Healthcare HVAC Control 101: Understanding Airflow Valve Options for Critical Environments

ASHE recently hosted a webinar with the same content on our behalf, and due to its popularity we are offering it again through our own webinar platform! The COVID-19 pandemic is spotlighting just how important HVAC control strategies are in mitigating infection rates. Join the Triatek and Johnson Controls Critical Environment Controls team for a Lunch and Learn next Thursday to learn about different airflow control options including damper-style valves, Venturi air valves, and measured airflow… Read More

­­­­Berner Introduces the PureAir Package for Air Curtains that Disinfects and Purifies Air of Viruses, VOCs and Particulates

Berner International, New Castle, Pa., North America’s leading air curtain manufacturer and innovator, has developed the PureAir Package™, an air purification system for air curtains to help buildings combat the COVID-19 pandemic while supporting sustainability goals. The Berner PureAir PackageTM complements the built environment’s indoor air quality (IAQ) and disinfection efforts by deactivating viruses, killing bacteria, and neutralizing a space’s airborne volatile organic compounds (VOC), as well as allergens and other biological contaminants such as… Read More

SMACNA and the New Horizons Foundation Issue Landmark Report on the Productivity Impact of COVID-19

The Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA), the leader in promoting quality and excellence in the sheet metal and air conditioning industry, announced its member foundation and premier research entity, the New Horizons Foundation, has issued a new project study addressing the productivity impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) across the sheet metal and HVAC industry. Before New Horizons Foundation issued its findings, no specific resource and data existed to aid contractors in… Read More

Preventing Health Risks from Contamination in Cooling Towers

Building and facility managers are facing the tremendous responsibility of keeping facilities as safe as possible. That includes mitigating and preventing the contamination of cooling towers from dirt, bacteria, and other dangers. While the COVID-19’s impact on HVAC systems is still being researched, cooling towers are one of the more common sources for growth of infectious bacteria, such as Legionella, and can offer near perfect conditions for viral growth too. Proper cooling tower maintenance has… Read More