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The Beast is out of the Bottle: Time to focus on IAQ

The Beast is out of the Bottle: Time to focus on IAQ

Image Credit: Elizabeth Fischer COVID-19 can be transmitted through the air in bioaerosols — we now know that. The beast is out of the bottle and it’s been very hard to contain. The way we live, eat, breathe, and sleep has changed fundamentally since the beginning of...

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Dilution: A Strategy to Reduce Indoor Air Pollution

Dilution: A Strategy to Reduce Indoor Air Pollution

Data tells us that COVID-19 is an airborne virus, spread from person to person through droplets or what is known as bioaerosols. In a commercial building, we believe dilution is the key to any indoor air quality strategy.  With dilution, we can proactively replace...

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Bioaerosols: What’s your Indoor Dining Plan for Winter?

Bioaerosols: What’s your Indoor Dining Plan for Winter?

Image Credit: Modern Restaurant Management, 2020 COVID-19 continues to roll on globally, and as a collective society, we’ve had to adapt and educate ourselves quickly as to how to avoid a sometimes-deadly contagion. Research suggests the likelihood of COVID-19...

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How do you know if your building is safe to reopen?

How do you know if your building is safe to reopen?

How do you know if your building is safe to reopen?  Do you have a documented Epidemic Operating Conditions in Place (ECiP) to open and maintain your building during the pandemic?  Current industry recommendations are changing and there are simple solutions to ensure...

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How Outside Air Impacts Your Energy Efficiency

How Outside Air Impacts Your Energy Efficiency

  Commercial buildings that were vacant during the pandemic are now welcoming back employees. Facility managers are focusing on ways to optimize indoor air quality to reduce the spread of illnesses like COVID-19. According to the CDC and ASHRAE, increasing...

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AIA Colorado: Restaurant Design in A Pandemic

AIA Colorado: Restaurant Design in A Pandemic

  Happy to share the AIA Colorado Virtual Connect presentation from "Restaurant Design in a Pandemic". I was on the panel amongst top Colorado architects, providing an engineering POV and top considerations for ventilation. Ventilation is a key factor in...

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COVID19: Changing the Built Environment

COVID19: Changing the Built Environment

The rapid spread of COVID-19 has caused DMA to re-evaluate our work and what it means to engineer buildings for a world that might not be the same as we left when we return to our commercial spaces. And... how to balance that with a planet that keeps getting warmer....

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Reopening Your Building: HVAC Considerations

Reopening Your Building: HVAC Considerations

Some buildings, such as hospitals, grocery stores, and essential services have remained open during the pandemic. It’s critical that our essential workers be kept safe and comfortable.  Here are some recommendations from DMA:   Increase outdoor air ventilation and...

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Forced Air = Cross contamination

Forced Air = Cross contamination

It's a brave new world. Viruses travel. We’ve learned how critical that is in 2020, thanks to COVID-19. We know viruses travel through forced air and cooling. Electric heating is the future, through radiant heat and cooling. Radiant heating and cooling limit the...

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