AtmosAir to Showcase at Greenbuild Expo 2018!

AtmosAir Solutions will be participating in this week’s Greenbuild 2018 International Conference and Expo, the world’s largest conference and exhibition purely dedicated to green building. AtmosAir will be located at exhibit #151. Kicking off on November 14th, this year’s Greenbuild theme centers around Human By Nature (Human x Nature) and brings together industry leaders, experts and frontline professionals dedicated to sustainable building in their everyday work.

The green building movement embraces all of humanity by making sustainable buildings and environments accessible to everyone, and in doing so, benefits the natural environment all around us.  As major sustainability advocates, our team at AtmosAir continues to promote wellness and resiliency in construction and urban development.

Achieving energy efficiency is a top priority for building engineers, property managers and business owners across the country. The biggest consumer of energy in a commercial building is the HVAC system. 

Modern design and construction practices seal heated and cooled air indoors for the purpose of lowering energy costs.  The unfortunate result is poor indoor air quality.  Even with adequate ventilation, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), mold spores, and other unwanted contaminants build up inside, leading to significant indoor environmental issues.

AtmosAir Bipolar ionization treats the air in the space we breathe.  AtmosAir allows a building to recycle clean, conditioned air, nearly eliminating all mold spores, VOCs, and other unwanted ultrafine particles — all while simultaneously saving on your energy bills.

AtmosAir BPI reduces particulate matter and breaks down the chemical structure of VOCs.  That means it is not necessary to dilute and replace the space with additional amounts of outdoor air, nor is it necessary to strain the air through airflow-restrictive filters.  Because you can now accomplish air purification without a cost penalty by recycling a larger portion of the total air volume, you can retain the energy savings you worked so hard to achieve.

CEO of AtmosAir, Steve Levine noted, “We’re elated to be back at this year’s Greenbuild Expo.  With sustainability within buildings and our environment of such great importance, we’re happy to share that our system has helped to enhance human health and wellbeing as well as energy efficiency on a greater scale.  Some of our clients have noticed a greater than 40 percent reduction in peak load, and a 20 percent energy cost savings — and that doesn’t include savings on reduced HVAC maintenance as demands on the system decrease.”

Come visit us at exhibit 151, where Atmos representatives will be showcasing new products and software that have been developed over the past year.

Wednesday, November 14, 10am – 6pm

Thursday, November 15, 10am – 6pm

We hope to see you there!

The Smell of Jet Fuel in the Morning

By Rob Root

Bob Root was a pilot for almost 40 years.  The first plane he flew was a T-34 at the Pensacola Naval Air Station while learning to be a Navy pilot.  A 747-400 was the last plane he flew after almost 30 years as a pilot for Northwest Airlines.

Each day on the tarmac Bob took a deep breath, “Nothing quite like the smell of jet fuel in the morning,” he would say.

But it was taking a breath that got him.  During a layover late in his career, in a public space somewhere in Paris, the deep breath he took contained a virus.  The virus attacked his heart and by the time he arrived back at MSP, he was too sick to ever fly again.

Bob battled his enlarged heart for 17 years, switched from flying planes to playing golf, and from “the smell of jet fuel” to “the smell of mowed grass.”  Then one day in a public space somewhere in Surprise, AZ, the deep breath he took contained a bacteria.  A bacteria called legionella pneumophila- Legionnaires’ disease.  He wasn’t healthy enough to fight off this bacteria and he died a few days later.

Nature combats airborne contaminants with positively and negatively charged ions.  In the most pristine environments, in the mountains or near a waterfall, the ion levels are high.  Those high levels of ions provide a natural ability to continuously disinfect the air.   When contaminant levels are high, in cities, at airports, in buildings, the ion levels are depleted.  The contaminants are not captured and we get to breath in the particles, gases and microorganisms.

For the past 50 years a technology has existed to mimic the production of positively and negatively charged ions.  This technology is called AtmosAir bipolar ionization (BPI).  Over the past five years BPI has been repeatedly tested and validated to be 99% effective against bacteria, 90% effective against VOCs (like automotive emissions), and 95% effective against ultra-fine particles.  Across the country (actually across the globe), AtmosAir BPI is being installed in hospitals, stadiums, universities, schools, airports, office buildings and hotels.  AtmosAir BPI is easy to install and has 0-36 month return-on-investment.  The air in those buildings is cleaner, safer and healthier for the occupants and visitors.

About a month before he breathed in Legionnaire’s disease, my dad and I stood on the first tee of the Desert Springs Golf Course in Surprise.  We both took a deep breath.  “Nothing like the smell of mowed grass in the morning…”

Rob Root is a Sales Director for AtmosAir Solutions located in Minneapolis, MN. 

A Breath of Fresh Air at the New Minnesota Wild Training Center!

Take a deep breath.  One of those breaths that you hold for a few seconds and then exhale slowly.  Can you envision the molecules that are in the air, interacting with the capillaries in your lungs bringing clean, fresh oxygen to your body?

But what if, right now, you’re in a TSA line at an airport (or better yet on an airplane) or in the waiting area of the doctor’s office.  Did you take a really deep breath, trusting that the air you’re breathing isn’t carrying some sort of bacteria, virus or mold that will make you sick?  Or what if you’re on a casino floor waiting for a spot at a poker table, or in a hotel room traveling for business, or in an office, comingled with dozens of your co-workers.  How about an aging building at a school, college or university?  What other particles, gasses, contaminants are being transported by the air that you are breathing?

Did you take that breathe deeply and appreciate how clean and crisp the air felt? 

Last week, I had a chance to visit the MN Wild’s new practice facility in St. Paul, MN.  The facility opened last December in a former Dayton’s Department Store building, built in the early 60’s. To get to the space, we went down a freight elevator to the basement, crossed a parking garage and then entered the vestibule.  Two steps into the space, the air was different.  The deep breathe I took reminded me of the air in Vail, CO.

There is a science to why the air feels, actually is, fresh and clean.  In the early 20th century, Albert Einstein discovered that air has natural conductivity.  Air naturally contains ions.  The ions are positively and negatively charged.  Those ions find and attach to the contaminants and either make them too heavy to stay airborne or render them harmless.

If you live and work in the mountains or in a rural area near a forest or lake, then the air you breathe is naturally clean and crisp.  There are plenty of ions to continuously scrub the air.  Everywhere else, nature needs mechanical help in order for there to be reasonably healthy air inside an occupied space.  Outside air is mixed with recycled (conditioned) air, filtered, and then pumped into the space we use for work, healthcare, traveling, exercise, education and more.  But in many cases, there are still too many contaminants to achieve continuously healthy indoor air quality.

Dr. Einstein’s discovery led to the development of device that measured air ions, then eventually to a device that created them.  That creative technology is called Bi-Polar Ionization.   Over the past 50 years bi-polar ionization has been tested and validated as successfully disinfecting air for bacteria, viruses, mold and neutralizing particulates, volatile organic compounds (VOCs).  Today, with advancements in information technologies, connected devices, and smart applications, bi-polar ionization can be deployed and its effectiveness can be monitored and adjusted in real time to assist a building to maintain high levels of indoor air quality.

The MN Wild chose to add bi-polar ionization to their air handling system to give players cleaner, safer, healthier air.  Wild players have mountain fresh air in a workout facility, in a basement, next to an underground garage, in a 60 year old building.  The organization and its players have a more positive, productive work environment.

Wouldn’t every employee, customer, visitor, student, or guest want the same thing?

Rob Root is a Sales Director for AtmosAir Solutions located in Minneapolis, MN. 

AtmosAir at Northwestern University Highlighted in Sports Business Journal Feature! 

 

The Ryan Fieldhouse, Wilson Field and the Walter Athletics Center create an unmatched environment for Northwestern Wildcats to flourish. Nestled into the main campus in one of the most unique settings, student-athletes will have the ability to both train and compete at the highest level.

The Ryan Fieldhouse provides one of the most versatile practice, competition, and recreation venues in the nation.

AtmosAir installations throughout the brand new facilities were recently highlighted in a Sports Business Journal feature story.

Check it out – HERE.

Visit AtmosAir at World’s Largest Casino Industry Show – G2E 2018!

AtmosAir Solutions will attend Global Gaming Expo (G2E) this week in Las Vegas, Nevada. The American Gaming Association’s 18th annual Global Gaming Expo opened Monday October 8th at the Sands Expo & Convention Center and The Venetian and runs through Thursday.

AtmosAir will be exhibiting at Booth #2519.

Global Gaming Expo is “the show” in the casino-entertainment industry, showcasing the technologies, services and products of exhibitors while providing an atmosphere to explore, network, do business and learn.

One of AtmosAir’s biggest sectors is the gaming industry. AtmosAir air purification systems are installed throughout many gaming related HVAC systems, providing healthy indoor air quality while reducing operational costs, and enhancing employee productivity.

AtmosAir is a proven technology that safely breaks down odors and airborne contaminants in casinos.

Current AtmosAir gaming clients include: Hard Rock Tampa and Hollywood (FL), Stations Casinos (NV/CA), Rivers Casino (PA), SugarHouse Casino (PA), Revel Casino (NJ), Seminole Gaming Casinos (FL), Twin River Casinos (RI), and Osage Casinos (OK).

G2E by the numbers

-26,000: Expected number of attendees.

-4: Number of days of the show.

-17: Number of G2E shows staged in Las Vegas.

-111: Number of countries from which attendees will arrive.

September 2018 Air Quality Matters – News

Choking on Growth: More Boston Traffic Fuels Poorer Air Quality

Boston Herald, October 2, 2018

Highlights:

  • According to the transportation analytics firm INRIX, Boston has become the seventh-most congested urban area in the nation.
  • A 2018 Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America report listed Boston as the 11th most challenging place to live with asthma and ranked the city fourth nationally for asthma prevalence, with the state recording asthma rates at 10.2 percent for adults and 12.9 percent for children.
  • “Increasing traffic, if not met with big technological changes, will contribute to air pollution problems,” warned Boston University environmental health professor Jonathan Levy. “The good news is that air quality is better than it was 20 years ago. But technological solutions may not be able to keep up with the trend of population density.”

Research Shows Shocking Levels Toxic Air Inside Homes

Daily Mail, September 22, 2018

Highlights:

  • Air pollution costs the economy £22bn annually with some six million sick days
  • Toxic air can cause heart disease and major lung conditions such as asthma
  • Researchers found toxic air has been linked to conditions such as dementia
  • Scientists have found high levels of pollution inside domestic homes
  • British researchers warned that air pollution could be responsible for 60,000 cases of dementia in the UK. Scientists from St George’s University and King’s College London found that people living in areas polluted by traffic and industry are 40 per cent more likely to develop the condition.
  • The Reading research forecasts that toxic household air may cause an 80 per cent jump in the number of people with asthma within three decades.
  • Walking along quieter back streets rather than main roads can cut your exposure to vehicle exhaust pollution by more than half. Researchers at King’s College London discovered this last year by sending pedestrians on seven different routes through London. Some of the side roads had 60 per cent less pollution.

METRO China Provides Superior Air to Employees with AtmosAir Solutions

METRO China has occupied their China Headquarters for over a decade next to their store in Putuo District Shanghai. The building is at a premier location and it is useful for staff to be right next to one of METRO’s 90+ China stores.

However, being in an older building can have drawbacks, particularly when it comes to indoor air quality.  In addition to being in Shanghai, where outdoor air quality often exceeds health limits, METRO’s headquarters is located near a busy elevated roadway where braking and accelerating cars create plumes of brake dust and fuel emissions.

AtmosAir looked closely at the office’s existing HVAC and filtration systems and created a plan that included bi-polar ionization, additional filtration, and adjustment of the indoor air pressure relationship to the outside of the building.  With the plan fully executed, METRO’s employees now enjoy exceptional air quality that is often 5-10 times better than the air just outside their building.

For METRO, it was also important to share this information with their employees.  As a result, AtmosAir installed multiple air quality monitors throughout the space. The air quality data is then shared with employees via real time displays at the entrance and each floor of the building. Additionally, weekly reports are submitted to each employee, indicating how the average air quality throughout the work day compares to the air outdoors.

Aligning with AtmosAir’s core initiatives, METRO believes that with cleaner air, employees will be healthier, happier and more productive.

Canadian International School Provides Healthy Air in All Classrooms with AtmosAir

Canadian International School (CIS) prides itself on being at the forefront of technology and innovation among international schools.  This summer, at CIS’s new campus in Guangzhou, China, the school has taken their technology to the next level.  The classrooms are now equipped with AtmosAir purification systems and the latest sensor systems for measuring and communicating air quality.

Air quality is an issue in any large city, and Guangzhou is no exception.  Recent research shows that dirty air can inhibit cognitive processes and lead to more distracted and tired students, in addition to some of the longer-term consequences and diseases long associated with poor air quality.  In order to provide their students with the best air environment, CIS found one of the top air quality companies from the US and China.  AtmosAir serves such well known clients as the Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers and University of Southern California among many others.

The systems CIS have installed does the following:

  • Creates mild positive pressure with filtered outside air so that dirty outside air cannot flow into the classrooms.
  • Ionizes the air with positive and negative oxygen to breakdown chemicals such as formaldehyde and any other chemicals from new renovation.
  • Introduces filtered outside air to further flush out any chemicals generated indoors.
  • Reduces bacteria and viruses in the air and on surfaces.

Moreover, CIS is so confident in the systems that we will be measuring the air quality in each classroom and sharing it with parents and teachers. CIS will have weekly reports that show the average air quality and CIS will compare that with the outdoor air quality levels.

CIS has taken this step because they value the health of their students, teachers and staff and believe in transparency with the environment they are providing them.  CIS is committed to providing the best learning environment with the healthiest air for their students and our team at AtmosAir is excited to collaborate with .

 

ATMOSAIR PROJECT SPOTLIGHT: GOLDEN 1 CENTER

AtmosAir is excited to announce our new project spotlight, the LEED Platinum Golden 1 Center, home of the Sacramento Kings!  Located in downtown Sacramento, the publicly owned arena is part of a business and entertainment district called Downtown Commons (DoCo), which includes a $250 million, 16-story mixed-use tower.

Golden 1 Center, home of the Sacramento Kings!

In addition to the Kings’ home games, the arena hosts concerts, conventions and other sporting and entertainment events.  Suite partners have access to three exclusive clubs on the premium level including two skyboxes that overlook the concourse with a direct view of the outside.   Total capacity is expandable to about 19,000 to accommodate concert audiences.

Sustainability is of great importance to the Golden 1 Center and the AtmosAir team is ecstatic to be a part of their efforts to “green up” sports.  By installing our system, the Golden 1 Center will also use AtmosAir to enhance HVAC energy efficiency and will give the arena the ability to shave peak load energy demand.

The Center also uses Sun Power for clean and efficient energy, is LEED Certified, and like AtmosAir, is a member of the Green Sports Alliance, helping to leverage sports to push the boundaries of innovation.

AtmosAir makes it possible for world class athletes to train with the same clean, pure air found only at the highest mountain elevations.  The system features sustainable tubes that distribute negative and positive ions to reduce particulate matter and TVOC from the athlete’s breathing space—improving indoor air quality and therefore athletic performance.

In addition to their athlete’s performance in the arena, many similar facilities are installing AtmosAir in their locker room areas to reduce airborne allergens and dangerous bacteria such as Staph and MRSA.  Trainers, team staff and players have noticed significant benefits while using the technology as AtmosAir has drastically improved the training experience.

Through groundbreaking Bi-Polar Ionization and cutting edge technology—pro sports franchises are getting in on the greening game with AtmosAir!  AtmosAir’s  leading air purification system has quietly been taking over the sporting world in several complex’s including The Staples Center, Denver Broncos Training Center, Atlanta Braves SunTrust Park, Dallas Cowboys Training Center, TD Garden, New England Patriots Gillette Stadium, Kansas City Chiefs Training Center, PNC Park, Chicago Cubs Facilities, Jacksonville Jaguars Facilities and more!

For more information about AtmosAir’s Sports facilities and how you can get AtmosAir installed in your complex, click here:

AtmosAir International: Leading Presence at Air Quality Summit in Thailand!

AtmosAir was invited by local dealer and partner, Better-Pro Intergroup, as well as local air quality testing company, Shawpat, to conduct a 2-hour presentation on indoor air quality to numerous attendees in Bangkok, Thailand. In addition to AtmosAir, Shawpat (Safety And Health At Work Promotion Association) and Professor and President of the International Occupational Health and Safety Program, Dr. Chalermchai Chaichittip, presented at the daylong event.

Attendees included representatives from hospitals, hotels, engineering firms, developers, designers and property management firms.  Executive Director, Sam Michael, presented on behalf of AtmosAir and focused on educating attendees on air quality and its importance to health, how to manage air quality via base building, design and operation perspectives including bi-polar ionization.

Concerns around air quality are just starting to develop in Bangkok and the rest of Thailand as citizens there gain an awareness of the importance of clean air and the daily air quality conditions.  AtmosAir introduced how China has approached air quality and how the indoor air quality industry has developed, hoping to continue these improvements throughout all of Asia.

Michael noted, “We believe that it is important to share the latest research around air quality, health and productivity.  Everyday each individual breaths over 5,000 liters of air.  Ensuring that this air is as clean and healthy as possible, starts from convincing the people who manage buildings and air systems why clean air is important and how to provide the cleanest air to their occupants.”

Thailand’s hot and humid air conditions mean that there is a need in the market to save energy and reduce indoor air contaminants which include pm 2.5, mold, and bacteria.

AtmosAir already has several installations in Bangkok which include locations where airborne bacteria was reduced by 70-95% with the application of AtmosAir technology.