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Trends: 2005 In Review

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From uncertainty in 2005 toward new technologies and a rebounding furniture market in 2006. By Brian Kraemer Published in the December 2005 issue of Today’s Facility Manager War, high gas prices, and economic uncertainty are all things that 2005 will be remembered for in the future. However, new technologies and a rebounding furniture market have put an optimistic shine on 2006. In addition, the green building market is expanding at a phenomenal rate, proving that facility managers can help drive social and political change. HVAC Technology Helps Improve IAQ It’s hard to imagine a building system that is not affected by the HVAC system in one way or another. From having good indoor air quality (IAQ) to keeping employees happy, HVAC plays a critical role in making a building function. Specifying a quality filter is an important step in ensuring that employees are not bombarded with pollen, soot, and other particulates that can circulate in a building. If these harmful substances are allowed to roam freely through a building, the result could be an increased rate of worker absenteeism which results in lower productivity. In order to counteract allergens and other harmful particulates, facility managers need to consider filters and filtration technology as part of their front line of defense. All of the air that moves through the building will, at one point, have to pass through the HVAC system’s filter. By taking advantage of the latest technology, facility managers go on the offensive. For example, introducing synthetic fibers into filter media has a ripple effect across the entire system. Manufactured from polypropylene and polyethylene the technology has significantly raised the efficiency of the media. The most important reason for a facility manager to make the switch from traditional filter media to synthetic media is particulate matter and harmful gasses. As construction practices continue to improve, buildings are getting tighter. That means air has a harder time escaping from the gaps and cracks of a building for the simple reason that there are fewer openings. While this is good for energy costs, contaminated air that recirculates can have an immediate impact on IAQ. Specifically, nanoparticles should be of concern. These are particles that are so small they usually slip right through air filters and into the lungs of building occupants. This means that facility managers need to embrace the concept of scrubbing the air. By speeding up the time that it takes all the air in the building to cycle through the HVAC system, a facility management team gives the… …Read More…