Indoor Air Quality Upgrades

Exceeding CDC Recommendations:
New Indoor Air Quality Upgrades

Variant Refrigerant Flow (VRV/VRF) HVAC Systems, We Are Lucky!

Our building is rated as a two-star Austin Green Building for which we had to meet sustainability and healthy building standards accordingly to Austin Energy. Our Daikin Variable Refrigerant Volume (VRV) system was chosen as the premier efficient energy method. We made the decision to upgrade the HVAC system to Daiken’s VRV so that each individual office has its own thermostat necessitating the segregated fresh air directly from the outside roof units. Subsequently, having a direct air source is the optimal system to further our goal of mitigating the risk of COVID-19 in our community. We have not heard of another executive suites offices building having this technology; we are lucky!

More about the importance of fresh airflow:

According to research studies, ventilation systems have been reported as a way of transmission/spreading of infectious diseases such as measles, tuberculosis, chickenpox, influenza, smallpox and SARS. The VRF system improves indoor air quality by using up to 100% fresh airflow and ventilation directly to each office without recirculation of air from other spaces within the same system.

Li Y, Leung GM, Tang JW, Yang X, Chao CYH, Lin JZ, et al. Role of ventilation in airborne transmission of infectious agents in the built environment, a multidisciplinary systematic review. Indoor Air [Internet]. 2007 Feb;17(1):2–18. Available from: http://doi.wiley.com/10.1111/j.1600-0668.2006.00445.x

CDC Scientific Brief: SARS-CoV-2 and Potential Airborne Transmission (Oct.5, 2020) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/more/scientific-brief-sars-cov-2.html

The airflow path matters because air is the primary carrier of heat, moisture, contaminant, and airborne particulates in buildings. An adequate supply of outdoor air is essential to eliminating indoor pollutants, said Kishor Khankari, Ph.D., Fellow ASHRAE, president.

Our Second Layer of Protection: GPS NPBI Air Purification Device

In response to COVID-19 and beyond the CDC recommendations, for every fan coil unit in our building we have installed the GPS NPBI Air Purification Device that has needlepoint bipolar ionization (NPBI) technology as the added layer of protection for safe air quality. This device is in addition to an office’s typical air filters and purifies the air by eliminating airborne particulates, odors and pathogens. GPS, the leader in Indoor Air Quality, is the first air purification company to test SARS-CoV-2 and achieved a 99.4% reduction of the surface strain within 30 minutes.

Please visit the following sites for more information on this device:

1. Global Plasma Solutions Virtually Eliminates Static SARS-CoV-2 with Proprietary NPBI™ Technology
https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20200610005784/en/Global-Plasma-Solutions-Virtually-Eliminates-Static-SARS-CoV-2

2.GPS-FC-3-BAS™NPBI Air Purification Device
https://globalplasmasolutions.com/compact-npbi/

Our Third Line of Protection: The IQAir HealthPro Portable Units That Encompass Hospital Grade HEPPA Filter Purifiers Used in Surgery Centers. Yes, We Have Gone The Extra Mile!

For the third line of defense, we have purchased three hospital-grade IQAir HealthPro air purifiers to be placed in high traffic areas. IQAir HealthPro model features HyperHEPA filtration technology for superior airborne particle removal. Most air purifiers are only designed to filter large dust particles (those 0.3 microns and larger.) While HyperHEPA technology filters down to 0.003 microns, with a guaranteed minimum efficiency of over 99.5%. HyperHEPA filtration has made the HealthPro Plus the top choice in hospitals around the world to remove airborne particulates, such as the SARS virus, MRSA, and tuberculosis.

Please visit the following sites for more information on this device:

IQ Air HealthPro
https://www2.iqair.com/commercial/compact-stand-alone-air-filtration/healthpro-series

We are a small and friendly community that cares like no one else.

More information on air quality in office spaces from credible sources:

1. CDC Scientific Brief: SARS-CoV-2 and Potential Airborne Transmission (Oct.5, 2020) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/more/scientific-brief-sars-cov-2.html

2. How COVID-19 Spreads: airborne transmission added (Oct.5, 2020)  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-covid-spreads.htm

4. Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Resources From ASHRAE and Others
https://www.ashrae.org/technical-resources/resources

5. Airborne route and bad use of ventilation systems as non-negligible factors in SARS-CoV2 transmission
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7182754/

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