compounds (VOCs), and trap particulate as small as 0.12µm. Independent tests completed to date demonstrate <99 percent reductions in influenza, VOCs, mold, and staph bacteria. It also produced a Clean Air Delivery Rate of 513 CFM when testing against PM2.5. Additionally, we are excited to share details on the continued development of our Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Portal. The WellAir sensors and monitoring software are offered with full building deployments as part of our overall ecosystem. Sensors are installed to track indoor air quality and clients can review the information captured using a web-based portal. Sensor readings are complemented by hyper- local historical, current, and forecast information across multiple, relevant sources. This rich data set includes overall outdoor air quality, weather, and pollen levels as well as real time insights into six different outside air pollutants such as ozone, PM10, and PM2.5 levels.”

Speaking of outside pollutants, the goal is to keep them out as much as possible. The Commercial High Performance 10 air curtain from Berner International have a variety of features to do this and more. Berner International’s Marketing Communications Manager, Miranda Berner, explains how the products are used in hospital entrances of the main lobby and emergency room to keep pol- lutants out and save energy in these busy, high-traffic areas.

The Commercial

High Performance 10 air curtain from Berner

“Hospitals use these on their main doors to keep the interior comfortable when the door opens, to save

energy, and to keep vehicle, such as ambulance, fumes out of the waiting areas. Being able to maintain a comfortable environ- ment free of vehicle exhaust when the door is open contributes to a positive impression,” Berner said. “Having multiple speeds allows these units to be adjusted based on outside conditions and supplemental electric heat gives hospitals the option to temper the air at the doorway. For flying insect control, the air stream is difficult for mosquitoes and other insects to fly through.

“For new construction or major renovation, being able to use

an AMCA-certified air curtain instead of a vestibule, allows the hospital to decide if it wants to forgo the installation and operation costs of a vestibule,” Berner continued. “The best combination for maintaining interior temperatures while saving energy inside an entry that sees a lot of foot traffic is a combi- nation of both a vestibule and an air curtain. Research shows that the next best option is a properly selected and installed air curtain. Berner air curtains are shipped fully assembled and designed to be simple to install which helps to keep installation costs low. The energy savings from a properly selected and installed air curtain typically pay for the air curtain within one to three years.” The type of flooring that is placed inside a hospital can also im- pact IAQ and either help to curb or increase air- and water-borne pathogens, says Tim Cole, Vice President, Marketing, nora systems, Inc. “nora’s low-emission, low-pollutant premium rubber flooring contributes to healthier IAQ in several ways,”

Flooring by nora systems

he said. “Its dense, homogenous sur- face helps repel dirt, so floors stay clean longer and can be easily main- tained with regular dust mopping. The absence of finish- es and chemicals (which is not al- ways a guarantee with other rubber flooring products)

benefits everyone in a healthcare setting — particularly those who are sensitive to smells or suffer from asthma or allergies. In addition, nora’s no-wax protocol never requires stripping or waxing, so patients do not need to be moved while floors are recoated. Made from mostly natural materials and containing no PVC, phthalates or other plasticizers, nora flooring contributes to a healthier indoor environment for both healthcare workers and their patients.”

Puneet Pandit, Glassbeam CEO and co-founder points to air humidity and temperature as potentially damaging to a facility’s medical equipment if not regulated and monitored properly, which can negatively impact patient safety, surgical efficiencies, and a hospital’s expenses. “The equipment that supports the operation of medical equip- ment is made up of multiple computer systems, servers and other delicate communications assets. This support equipment needs to be treated in the same way that equipment in a server room is treated. If the support equipment is damaged, then the medical equipment would be inoperable, thus cancelling all patient care until the support equipment is restored.” For example, if there is too much humidity, condensation could damage a system’s electronics. Too little and electrostatic discharge could develop causing damage to the systems’s ICs, Memory and CPUs. As for temperature, Pandit explained that if it’s too high a “lack of cool airflow could cause individual com-

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