ATMOSAIR PROJECT SPOTLIGHT: WEWORK

Founded in 2010 with its main headquarters in New York City, WeWork provides shared workspaces for technology startup subculture communities, and services for entrepreneurs, freelancers, startups, small businesses and large enterprises.

            When our AtmosAir team is approached by new companies, building managers or engineers, oftentimes it is to learn of the efficacy of the AtmosAir systems.  As WeWork founders initially started their co-working real estate company, as “Green Desk,” with specific design efforts and office orientation geared toward eco-conscious sustainability, it only seemed natural that our similar company missions aligned.  Given that WeWork also has many tenants and sources for potential indoor air quality issues, AtmosAir helps to keep WeWork spaces healthy! 

Atmos’ Bipolar ions impact the DNA of bacteria and viruses, and WeWork was hoping to help protect their space’s inhabitants from illness.

            AtmosAir was installed on the 6th floor of the 18th Street New York City WeWork space this past spring.  The intention of this study was to measure the effect of AtmosAir air purification systems on the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) of the space.  AtmosAir bi-polar ionization air purification systems were installed into the air handling units that supply air into the space, leading to Air quality measurements taken both before systems were installed and operating and after the AtmosAir systems in place.

RESULTS:

Overall, AtmosAir was successful in reducing particulate, VOCs, and is helping WeWork conserve energy while maintaining a more efficient HVAC system.   

As a result of the subsequent testing, AtmosAir has been installed in multiple WeWork locations including spaces in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Shanghai, and other locations.

ATMOSAIR IN THE NEWS: VENUES NOW

AtmosAir was recently featured on VenuesNow.com in an article aptly titled, “A FRESH PERSPECTIVE ON VENUE AIR.”  Within the piece, editor, Tim Newcomb, went on to illustrate the impact AtmosAir is making on multiple athletic facilities, helping to improve overall athletic performance and health, all while lowering energy costs.

The article also showcases the evolution of AtmosAir’s entry into professional sports, which started over five years ago with the installation throughout The Staples Center in Los Angeles.  Before expanding the system throughout the entire venue, it had to be tested for efficacy in a portion of the building to prove how much cleaner the air was as compared to how much less energy was being used.

CEO, Steve Levine, knew that by proving the overall effectiveness of the AtmosAir systems to one team, it wouldn’t be long before others wanted their athletes and venue attendees to be breathing the same clean air.  “We felt like if we could use sports arenas and stadiums as educational platforms to really educate the fan base and different stadium-management companies on our technology, then it would trickle down to colleges and high schools and eventually the consumer,” Levine said. “It was a planned effort, and we felt we could make the greatest impact in sports because they want to protect their players.”

Furthermore, with teams training in such close quarters and being more at risk for contracting infections, trainers for the teams commented that AtmosAir has been making a difference in the overall sanitary side of the facilities, helping to reduce illness and allergies.

Levine notes, “When an outbreak of flu happened through the NHL, the (Los Angeles) Kings — the only team in hockey that had AtmosAir — didn’t have a single issue.”  Los Angeles Kings trainer, Chris Kingsley, has also said in a statement, “Continuous disinfection keeps athletes, players, coaches, training staff and fans healthier and safer.”

Venues Now also rounded up where sports arenas have come to know AtmosAir and where it is currently being installed.  In addition to the Staples Center, ‘AtmosAir has filled Golden 1 Center in Sacramento and will come to the new Chase Center in San Francisco when it opens before next year’s NBA season and also to Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland early next year as part of continuing renovations there. The Dallas Cowboys have installed it in two training facilities and the system is already in place in Boston’s TD Garden, Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center and Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. The Denver Broncos and New England Patriots use the system for training. Among ballparks, the new Globe Life Field in Texas will install the system, already in use by the Chicago Cubs at their training facility, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ PNC Park and the Atlanta Braves’ SunTrust Park.’

ATMOSAIR TESTING: Syracuse University Building Energy and Environmental Systems Laboratory

As our team strives to make the air we breathe as healthy as possible, we continue to collaborate with universities that believe in sustainable, healthy friendly buildings. This past October, 2018, AtmosAir tested its technology at Syracuse University’s Building Energy and Environmental Systems Laboratory, under the supervision of Dr. Jianshun Zhang, one of the world’s preeminent professors focusing on building environments and indoor air quality.

Concentrating on clean and renewable energy, indoor environmental quality, and water resources, SyracuseCoE’s Innovation Ecosystem improves built and natural environments—the places in which we live, work, learn, and play.  

This past October 2018, AtmosAir tested its technology at Syracuse University’s Building Energy and Environmental Systems Laboratory, under the supervision of Dr. Jianshun Zhang, one of the world’s preeminent professors building environments and indoor air quality.  In addition to being an ASHRAE Fellow, Professor Zhang’s research ranges multi-scale BES from nano/micro-scale in porous media to buildings and urban environment, and involves engineering, architectural design, human health and performance.

The testing was performed on full-scale chamber tests to evaluate the technology’s performance for the removal of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) under full-scale chamber conditions.  Two AtmosAir systems that were properly sized for the chamber volume were provided and tested in the tests. The units tested were set at maximum flow rate and ion output condition during each of the two tests conducted.

For each test, a mixture of 8 VOCs (hexane, 2-butanone, iso-butanol, toluene, hexanal, tetrachloroethylene, ethylbenze and decane) were vaporized in the chamber after the chamber had thermally stabilized at the test condition.  After the VOC concentrations reached the steady state initial level, the air cleaner placed inside the chamber was turned on, and the concentration decays of the VOCs were determined by sorbent tube sampling followed by thermal desorption and GC/MS analysis. The Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) was thus calculated for each VOC based on the measured concentration decay along with the measured concentration decay curves.

RESULTS:

The testing showed the AtmosAir Bipolar ion technology to be significantly effective on reducing VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) which are gaseous contaminants that can degrade air quality and irritate occupants.  AtmosAir tested at over a 90% reduction rate on 8 common indoor VOCs, building on its proven, tested ability to significantly improve indoor air quality.