Contrary to popular belief, lowering energy consumption and improving indoor air quality in a commercial setting are not mutually exclusive goals. Traditionally, building owners and operators attempting to maintain a healthy, comfortable and productive indoor air environment were forced to rely upon excessive amounts of outdoor air to increase ventilation – an effective, yet highly expensive process.
In the white paper titled “Indoor Air Purification Technologies that Allow Reduced Outdoor Air Intake Rates While Maintaining Acceptable Levels of Indoor Air Quality,” Cecilia Arzbaecher and Patricia Hurtado of Global Energy Partners, LLC, and Ammi Amarnath of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) explore the emergence of new methods and technologies that debunk the myth of a negative correlation between energy-efficient ventilation methods and satisfactory indoor air quality. The white paper provides a brief overview of energy use associated with space conditioning in commercial buildings, followed by a discussion of the ways in which the ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers) Standard 62.1-2007 VR Procedure and the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Procedure attempt to address the perceived conflict of reduced energy consumption and purified air.
Additionally, this white paper examines specific indoor air purification technologies that allow for a reduction in outdoor air intake when used with the IAQ Procedure, including media filtration, gas sorption, bipolar ionization and photocatalytic oxidation. Finally, the document concludes with real-world examples that demonstrate the IAQ Procedure’s effectiveness as well as recommendations on how to implement these methods within a commercial setting.
In the United States, space conditioning accounts for 33 percent of energy use within commercial buildings. However, ventilation methods that enable reduced outdoor air intake rates can have a profound impact on building energy use. It is expected that use of advanced indoor air purification technologies will significantly increase in the near future, driving lower energy costs while enhancing indoor air quality at a fundamental level, as these objectives becomes increasingly important to commercial building owners and managers.
Achieving high quality indoor air at low cost is a highly attainable goal, given the proper tools and knowledge. As an industry expert, Plasma Air can help you realize this pursuit with customized solutions that utilize cutting-edge bipolar ionization technology coupled with award-winning ASHRAE IAQ Procedure software.
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