COVID-19

Study Discovers Novel Coronavirus RNA in Hospital’s HVAC System

A University of Oregon study has found viral RNA from SARS-CoV-2 in the air handling units (AHUs) of a healthcare facility, thus raising new questions about the possible role of HVAC systems in spreading the novel coronavirus. The study collected 56 samples from three different air handling units at the Oregon Health and Science University hospital in Portland, Ore., on four days in May and June 2020. Three areas along the path of airflow were sampled, including pre-filters, finals filters, and...

Displaced Oil Workers Finding Opportunity in HVAC Trade

Lower prices in the oil and gas industry have led to job losses as the sector has contracted recently, and that was even before the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked additional havoc on the national and world economies. The COVID-19 crisis is accelerating what was already shaping up to be one of the oil industry’s most challenging years. More than a dozen oil companies have declared bankruptcy so far in the United States alone, and widespread industry layoffs are expected to continue. Oil field...

Demand Spiking for MERV-13 Filters: Will a Shortage Delay Business Openings?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published guidance for businesses seeking to return to work during the coronavirus pandemic. Guidelines include instructions for businesses to ‘improve central air filtration to MERV-13 or the highest [standard] compatible with the filter rack, and to seal edges of the filter to limit bypass.’ MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. A MERV-13 rating means a filter is able to catch 90% of particles in the 3-10 micro...

ACA Survey Forecasts Continuing Business Challenges in a Post-COVID-19 World

As businesses seek a return to normal following the global pandemic, they also face the prospect of new hurdles if the worst of the virus reemerges. Uncertainty reigns, and businesses do not know whether day-to-day operations will return to normal in six months, a year or two from now – or never. In a survey by the American Supply Association (ASA), 27.3% of respondents expect operations to return to pre-COVID-19 levels in two to three months, and 25% say it will be four to six months. B...

Could Smart Systems Using Thermal Cameras Replace Thermostats?

HVAC systems should operate to ensure the comfort of individuals, not based on the temperature in a room. That’s the thinking behind a system devised by researchers that uses thermal cameras to measure the temperatures of faces in a room and adjusts operation of the HVAC system accordingly. Among other things, the scheme shifts the focus away from facilities and toward occupants, who reflect a truer measure of system effectiveness. Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed...

Johnson Controls Announces The Launch Of Openblue Digital Platform To Support Smart And Sustainable Buildings

Johnson Controls, a global provider of smart and sustainable buildings, is launching OpenBlue - a complete suite of connected solutions and services that combine the Company’s 135 years of building expertise with cutting-edge technology. This open digital platform, when integrated with Johnson Controls core building systems and enhanced by Fortune 100 technology partners, will make shared spaces safer, more agile and more sustainable. Johnson Controls OpenBlue is the culmination of years...

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