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One Engineer’s Opinion: COVID-19 Has Totally Disrupted Our Lives

By Bruce Longino My wife and I have been “sheltered in place” for 74 days. It is a good thing I love being around her. Before this pandemic began I would have considered my life as “Heaven on Earth.” Bruce Longino, PE, LEED AP We were going the soccer games and baseball games watching our Grandchildren compete. Sometimes winning and sometime losing. Our extended family used these events to get together. Then on most Sundays… Read More

One Engineer’s Opinion: Should We Treat Chickens as Well as We Do Our Kids?

By Bruce Longino You have read how important I believe it is to use Needlepoint Bi-Polar Ionization (NBPI) to provide a healthy environment for children in school and at home. This is especially true during flu season. To emphasize the importance of this, many school systems around the country keep students away from the classroom to stop the spread of the flu. However, to my knowledge no schools in Georgia resort to this drastic measure. Read More

Make Sure You are Getting the Ions You Paid For!

By W. Bruce Longino, P.E., LEED AP Needlepoint Bi-polar ionization (NBPI) has become a major way to clean the air in commercial and residential facilities. NBPI generators split H2O molecules into positive and negative ions. Bruce Longino, PE, LEED AP NBPI has become one of the most popular ways to provide good Indoor Air Quality. The ions treat the air and provide the following benefits: Reducing particles in the air. The positive and negative ions… Read More

One Engineer’s Opinion: New Rooftop Design Could Make It Comparable to WSHP for Schools

By Bruce Longino In Georgia, Water Source Heat Pumps (WSHP) dominate school system designs. There are many reasons for this. Some of the many positives are: Bruce Longino, PE, LEED AP WSHP per classroom so if a failure occurs only one classroom is affected. WSHPs are very efficient (typical EER of around 14). WSHPs mounted in the hall results in a quiet classroom. With a WSHP system, heat from the interior can heat the perimeter. Read More

One Engineer’s Opinion: Please Don’t Drink the Kool-Aid

By Bruce Longino Don’t “drink the Kool-Aid” phrase came from a great tragedy that occurred November 18, 1978 Jonestown, Guyana. Jim Jones had a cult following of people. His followers were convinced to drink a Kool-Aid like drink laced with cyanide. That day 909 men, women and children perished in a mass suicide. Bruce Longino, PE, LEED AP After that horrible day, the expression “drink the Kool-Aid” is used to describe the behavior of believing… Read More

Needlepoint Bi-Polar Ionization Just Gets Better and Better

The manufacturers of needlepoint ionization products are continuing to make improvements to help the end user. Some examples are: Almost no size restriction: A single power supply can serve six 12 foot long bars. Bruce Longino, PE, LEED AP This can cover a 150,000 CFM Air Handler. The ions shoot out of the recessed carbon fiber brushes spaced a ½ inch on centers, so fast that they will cover cooling coils up to 60 inches… Read More
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