How To Improve Your Existing HVAC Systems Post COVID-19 In Just 2 Steps
05 06 2021
The COVID-19 virus has had lasting impacts on the built environment. How we design spaces, our expectations for the HVAC systems that serve them and how we interact with each other within these spaces will never be the same. As our clients focus on re-occupying their facilities, Arium AE has been partnering with them to chart a path forward.
The CDC, ASHRAE and other industry research institutions are updating standards and COVID best practices almost daily. Building owners, project managers, facilities personnel, maintenance teams, real estate brokers and tenants are asking themselves:
“Does our building and its systems meet current standards? If not, can they be updated?”
Arium has completed dozens of post COVID-19 feasibly assessments and is actively engaged in the design of enhanced HVAC systems including:
- Filtration (MERV 13, 15 and HEPA)
- UVC Disinfection systems
- Bipolar-ionization systems
- Enhanced/increased ventilation
- Control strategies to isolate or purge hazardous items from the airstream.
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When evaluating an existing HVAC system, we typically take a two-step approach. First, we review the systems to determine what is attainable given the existing limitations of the systems. This may include: clearance restrictions, system limitations, and challenges related to modifying existing systems among others. Second, we then look for opportunities to upgrade or enhance with supplemental or add-on systems. This process may include: enhanced filtration, updated controls strategies and/or system add-ones which may include UVC or Bipolar-ionization systems. Throughout the study, Arium works to educate the user/building manager on the practical limitations of their systems and provide realistic options for a path forward.
Should you have a facility with more questions than answers, we would love to partner with you in an effort to layout out options for a safer return to the workplace. Please reach out to Scott Walthour, Principal and Lead MEP Engineer firstname.lastname@example.org. 301.621.4600.