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"The #1 electronic newsletter for indoor environment professionals"
From the publisher of the Indoor Environment Business newsletter.

February 2004

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Facilities Management
Addition of Filtration Media Improved IAQ in Fla. Case Study

ANAHEIM, CA ? A paper delivered at the Winter Meeting of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE) reported improved indoor air quality at a private club in south Florida both with and without the presence of cigarette smoking.
The study tested the use of positive pressure, air separation, ventilation, filtration, and cleaning through ozone technology. The study was run in three phases. In the first test, the club?s conventional HVAC system was used. In phase two, measurements were taking after the installation of a dessicant energy recovery (ER) wheel. Finally, a third round of testing occurred after the addition of filtration media. In each phase of the test, pollutant levels fell. In addition, the installation of the energy recovery equipment also served to reduce costs. Using the wheel resulted in the need for less ductwork, and smaller HVAC units. The club, which would have had to invest an estimated $35,000-$43,000 on HVAC equipment without the ER wheel, spent approximately $23,000-$25,000 instead ? and should realize some $4000 in energy savings per year as well. The club owners were reported to be pleased with the project?s results.
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Experts Foresee Mold Problems Getting Worse over Next Three Years

More than eight out of 10 U.S. experts on the front lines fighting the battle against mold and poor indoor air quality believe mold problems have increased over the last three years, and more than two-thirds expect that those problems will get worse over the next three years, according to a new Icynene Inc.-commissioned survey.
The industry survey was conducted last November on behalf of Icynene with accredited indoor air quality professionals across the U.S. with the following areas of expertise: IAQ investigation, remediation contracting, HVAC installation/service/hygiene, engineering and design, duct cleaning, insurance, specifying, risk management, architecture, facilities management, equipment supply, laboratory analysis, cleaning/maintenance, and education.
Call Icynene at (905) 363-4040.

Pennsylvania Receives Funds to Explore Increasing Rate of Asthma

The Pennsylvania Department of Health (PDH) Jan. 12 announced that it has received a grant for $594,000 over three years from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to address the rising incidence of asthma.
?These funds will allow the department and our partners, such as the American Lung Association and the American Respiratory Alliance of Western Pennsylvania, to gather and interpret already available asthma data in order to identify the extent of the disease in Pennsylvania,? Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Calvin Johnson said. ?Once we have that information, we can construct a comprehensive statewide plan to tackle the problem.? According to the CDC, the total number of new cases of children and adults with asthma has more than doubled from 1985 to 1997.
Call PDH at (717) 787-1783.


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New Product Focus
Honeywell Introduces FC40R Return Grille Filter

Honeywell has introduced a heating/cooling system air filter that it believes ?gives homeowners all the benefits of a four-inch professional-grade filter specifically designed to fit into a standard residential one-inch return grille.?
Honeywell?s FC40R Return Grille Filter is 20 times more effective than common one-inch fiberglass filters at capturing airborne particles as small as 0.3 micron, the size of typical household particles like pet dander and dust, according to the company.
While standard one-inch disposable air filters are only 17% efficient in removing indoor air pollutants 10 microns in size, the FC40R?s sister product ? the F100 - is 83% efficient at capturing particles of this size, including pet dander, pollen, and dust from the air, moving through the filter, the company said.
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Business News
EMLab Joins Forces with TestAmerica Environmental Services

Environmental Microbiology Laboratory Inc. (EMLab), a mold and bacterial testing laboratory, Jan. 14 announced that it has joined forces with TestAmerica Environmental Services LLC.
This change is designed to allow EMLab to provide a broader range of services and more locations to better serve the changing needs of its clients. Asheville, NC-based TestAmerica is the second-largest environmental laboratory in the United States.
EMLab specializes in mold, bacterial, and bioaerosol analysis. EMLab?s database and reference library are considered among the largest and most complete in the industry. TestAmerica specializes in tests to detect trace level organic and inorganic contaminants in soil, water, sludge, and air samples that are shipped from industrial processing and other sites that are being investigated, monitored, or remediated for the presence of harmful substances. TestAmerica also performs drilling and air emissions testing.
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Business and Technology Briefs

Business Briefs

Georgia-Pacific has announced that two of its interior gypsum panel products have passed Good Housekeeping Institute (GHI) tests for repelling moisture. Georgia-Pacific received the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval for G-P Gypsum?s DensArmor Plus Interior Guard and DensShield Tile Guard. They are the first gypsum building products in the industry to obtain this consumer recognition. Call G-P Gypsum at (404) 652-5580.

The New American Home, a showcase residence incorporating, among other things, indoor air quality features, has been built by project participants including the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Integrated Building and Construction Solutions. Merlin Contracting built this year?s home in the Sahara Lake community near Las Vegas. Access website

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Feb. 9-13: Industrial Ventilation Conference, East Lansing, MI. Call conference organizers at (517) 394-4614.

Feb. 17: Building Science and Moisture Investigation, Baton Rouge, LA. Call the MidAtlantic Environmental Hygiene Resource Center at (215) 966-6191.

Feb. 18-20: Mold Remediation Project Manager, Baton Rouge, LA. Call the MidAtlantic Environmental Hygiene Resource Center at (215) 966-6191.

March 15-17: IAQ 2004, Critical Operations?Supporting the Healing Environment Through IAQ Performance Standards, Tampa, FL. Access website

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