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ASHRAE Publishes Updated Legionella Guideline
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ASHRAE Publishes Updated Legionella Guideline

ATLANTA—ASHRAE has published an updated guideline to assist in control of legionellosis associated with building water systems. ASHRAE Guideline 12-2020, Managing the Risk of Legionellosis Associated with Building Water Systems, provides guidance useful in the implementation of ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188, Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems. The guideline is intended for use by owners...

USGBC’s New LEED Guidance to Address COVID-19
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USGBC’s New LEED Guidance to Address COVID-19

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released four new Safety First Pilot Credits in response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The credits outline sustainable best practices that align with public health and industry guidelines related to cleaning and disinfecting, workplace re-occupancy, HVAC and plumbing operations. The credits can be used by LEED...

Industry Suppliers Step Up to Provide Different Face Mask Types
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Industry Suppliers Step Up to Provide Different Face Mask Types

NATIONAL REPORT—One of the main ways to slow the spread of COVID-19 is through the wearing of face masks. Face masks prevent you from spreading respiratory droplets and help reduce, but not eliminate, the wearer’s exposure to airborne particles. In recent months, many suppliers have emerged selling different types of masks. A review of supplier...

ASHRAE Issues Statements on Relationship Between COVID-19 & HVAC in Buildings
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ASHRAE Issues Statements on Relationship Between COVID-19 & HVAC in Buildings

ATLANTA—ASHRAE has published two statements to define guidance on managing the spread of SARS–CoV–2, the virus that causes COVID-19 disease (Coronavirus) with respect to the operation and maintenance of heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems in buildings. “In light of the current global pandemic, it’s critically important that ASHRAE responds with guidance on mitigating the transmission...

Things We CAN Control in a Time of Crisis
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Things We CAN Control in a Time of Crisis

Like a Tsunami coming at us with nowhere to hide, we’re all facing COVID-19 head-on. There’s no way out but charging head-on through it. It is encouraging that some things are under our control. For our partners and customers, we offer the following food for thought. We Can Provide Healthy Air When fresh outside air...

Systems Utilizing UV Rays Can Help Disinfect, Combat Coronavirus
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Systems Utilizing UV Rays Can Help Disinfect, Combat Coronavirus

UltraViolet Device, Inc. NATIONAL REPORT—Whether in fixed areas such as air handling systems or in portable devices such as air purifiers or germ-killing robots, ultraviolet (UV) radiation is being used to help combat the threat of coronavirus (COVID-19). UV radiation is present in sunlight and constitutes about 10 percent of the total electromagnetic radiation output...

Westin Houston Medical Center Deploys LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robots
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Westin Houston Medical Center Deploys LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robots

HOUSTON—The Westin Houston Medical Center is the first and only hotel in the United States to utilize LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robots to sanitize and disinfect its guestrooms and common areas to help combat the threat of coronavirus. The room disinfection technology, provided by San Antonio-based Xenex Disinfection Services, was developed by two epidemiologists in Houston, with...

Connecticut Company: Put Positive, Negative Ions to Work Against Coronavirus
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Connecticut Company: Put Positive, Negative Ions to Work Against Coronavirus

FAIRFIELD, CONN.—In ensuring the safest, most sanitized space for your guests—the most protected from the New Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)—ions are your best friend. So says Steve Levine and Tony Abate from AtmosAir Solutions. Their company’s technology has been proven to eliminate the Coronavirus, other viruses, bacteria, fungi and allergens. Levine is President & CEO of the...

No Matter How You Slice It, Minneapolis Convention Center is Green Through and Through
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No Matter How You Slice It, Minneapolis Convention Center is Green Through and Through

MINNEAPOLIS—When it rains on the 1.6 million square foot Minneapolis Convention Center, that water is collected in an underground rainwater storage area that holds up to 250,000 gallons of water. According to Jessica Klimisch, Marketing Manager for MCC, that water is used for irrigation around MCC and diverts an estimated 5.4 million gallons of runoff...

Wyndham Garden Brings the Outside in with Refreshing, Cost-Effective New Prototype
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Wyndham Garden Brings the Outside in with Refreshing, Cost-Effective New Prototype

PARSIPPANY, N.J.—Wyndham Garden, part of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest hotel franchising company with more than 9,200 hotels in over 80 countries, showcased Arbor: a cost-effective, new-construction prototype with a fresh perspective on guest experience and a smart layout designed to maximize efficiencies and challenge rising construction costs. As part of Wyndham’s efforts...