Education First in Shanghai Gives Employees a Breath of Fresh AtmosAir

Education First (EF), an international language training and cultural exchange company, provides experiential learning through language courses, cultural exchange and educational travel. When EF decided to expand their offices in Shanghai, China into the basement of their building, they were concerned about air quality in the windowless space. They didn’t have a lot of time to come up with a solution, as they needed to move in employees as quickly as possible after the renovation.

After considering their options, they decided to install six AtmosAir 508F commercial air purification systems in their outside air ducts to purify air as it entered the basement space. Employees moved into the new space within a week after the renovation and furniture delivery were complete.

“We were amazed at the fresh, clean air in the our office’s newly renovated basement thanks to the AtmosAir solution,” said Edengrace Cayosa, Office Manager at EF Education First Asia Headquarters. “Many of our employees began spending more time in the basement space, commenting that the air quality there was so much better than in the rest of the building. So of course we installed AtmosAir systems on all of our other floors!”

The perceptibly better air quality at EF was backed-up by air quality testing that was conducted over 17 different points in the basement space after the AtmosAir systems had been operating for one month (two weeks without furniture and two weeks with furniture moved in). Results showed that average levels of formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, ammonia and total volatile organic compounds (TVOC) were all significantly below national limits:

  • Formaldehyde – 0.021, 21% of national limit
  • Benzene – 0.009, 10% of national limit
  • Toluene – 0.018, 9% of national limit
  • Ammonia – 0.05, 25% of national limit
  • TVOC – 0.268, 44% of national limit

It’s no secret that Shanghai struggles with significant air pollution problems. Because of the superior air quality in the basement from the AtmosAir systems, EF was able to reduce the amount of outside air supplied to the basement from the originally designed levels. This also helped them save energy.

As a result of the successful transformation of EF’s basement air, the company has subsequently installed AtmosAir systems throughout their entire office. They are continually monitoring and achieving great air quality and expect to see significant energy savings from the office-wide AtmosAir systems as well.

AtmosAware IAQ Monitoring

AtmosAware Sensor System Turns the Invisible to Visible

Do you know what invisible hazards lurk in your indoor air? CO2? Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)? PM2.5 particulates? You can’t see them or smell them, yet they can wreak havoc on your health. AtmosAware™ makes these invisible, airborne hazards visible by measuring and validating indoor air quality on a real-time and historical basis.

The AtmosAware built environment monitoring system monitors concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2), PM2.5, formaldehyde and Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOC) in your indoor air. It also measures other key parameters including temperature, humidity, illumination and noise level, so you can ensure your indoor environment is both healthy and comfortable.

Measuring and monitoring your indoor air quality (IAQ) is the first line of defense in ensuring a healthier indoor environment for work, rest or play.

The AtmosAware system includes a sensor, web platform and mobile app that let you check your current measurements and environmental parameters in real time, whether in the office or on the go. You can analyze your data rapidly using our online results processing functionality and view historical levels to detect important changes and trends over time. The AtmosAware mobile app includes a real time data display dashboard, network configuration, device management and helpful tips. It is wifi-enabled and backed by cloud storage.

If you detect problems with your indoor air, our AtmosAir Bi-Polar Ionization System seeks out and neutralizes the contaminants at their source and generates fresh, mountain-pure air – keeping you and all the occupants of your building healthy and comfortable.

Putting JLL on the Path to WELL

JLL installed the AtmosAir Bi-Polar Ionization System to freshen and purify the air throughout their new Manhattan offices, a 10,000-square-foot space on the 30th floor of 28 Liberty Street (formerly One Chase Manhattan Plaza). JLL is working to obtain air quality parameters established by the WELL Building Standard, established by the International WELL Building Institute, which encourages healthy, eco-friendly offices and workplaces. JLL is also aiming for a LEED Platinum rating from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The mountain-pure air provided by the AtmosAir system is a key component for any building or office. At JLL, the new air purification system works with their HVAC system to remove contaminants, dust particles, toxic mold, odors and bacteria while also controlling the humidity and carbon monoxide levels in the building.

In addition to providing healthy indoor air quality, our technology also makes it possible to achieve higher energy efficiency standards by reducing the amount of outside air required – AtmosAir technology has been used to qualify for LEED points for Innovation (IN), Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ) and Energy and Atmosphere (EA).

Dana Schneider, a JLL managing director in charge of their energy and sustainability division, recently told Commercial Observer:

“We are compliant with ventilation code, but it goes beyond just adding outside air, since increasing ventilation increases energy. Our balance instead is to meet and exceed minimum ventilation requirements, but more important than that is the controls that we have in place to manage the air temperature, the cubic feet per minute (which is the speed of the air ventilation), the humidity levels of the air and the combination of AtmosAir to purify the air.”

In addition to the AtmosAir Solution, JLL is incorporating a number of other WELL building and LEED features, including purified water, acoustically-sealed conference rooms and phone booths, access to natural light through large windows, open spaces filled with plants and comfortable furniture and infrared sensors to turn off lights during daylight and when there’s no one in the room at night. Schneider summed it up well:

“An office like this makes it so you want to be in your office. You produce when you are in your office, and you are motivated.”

See Our New Video: How AtmosAir Reduces Employee Sickness, Absenteeism


Please check out our new video! It tells the story of how untreated indoor air can create unhealthy workspaces and walks you through how, by purifying indoor air to levels found on pristine mountaintops, AtmosAir dramatically reduces workplace sickness and absenteeism that are so costly to employers.

The video, which was designed and produced for us by the global architecture, design and planning firm Gensler, also explains how the AtmosAir Bi-Polar Ionization System makes HVAC systems more sustainable by recycling the cleanest indoor air possible and reducing outside air intake. It cites some of our system’s key benefits, including how AtmosAir:

  • Removes up to 95 percent of ultra-fine particles
  • Removes up to 90 percent of volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
  • Lowers energy costs
  • Reduces HVAC system size by as much as 15 percent
  • Achieves savings of up to 30 percent on HVAC electrical costs
  • Has an average 3-year installation cost payback
  • Contributes to meeting the LEED standard of the U.S. Green Building Council

But why read when you can watch? See the AtmosAir Bi-Polar Ionization System in action!

AtmosAir Teams Up with Con Edison to Talk About Energy Efficiency, Incentives and Cost Savings

 

Earlier this year AtmosAir participated in a webinar hosted by Con Edison (Con Ed), one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the United States. The webinar featured AtmosAir’s Bi-Polar Air Purification System as a significant innovation in energy conservation technology that meets the stringent requirements for Con Ed’s energy incentive program in New York.

Will Shirley, Energy Advisor for Lockheed Martin Energy Solutions, which implements Con Ed’s commercial and industrial energy incentive program, kicked off the webinar with a discussion of how businesses in New York can take advantage of Con Ed’s incentives for energy efficiency projects. He discussed how AtmosAir technology plays into this program and highlighted a theoretical scenario that evaluated how an AtmosAir installation in a 1600 seat theatre would result in roughly 20% savings in energy costs while increasing indoor air quality (IAQ) throughout the space. Shirley went on to use this scenario to illustrate how the Con Ed incentives would help the theatre defray project costs by improving the energy efficiency of their electrical and gas equipment. The theatre in this scenario would receive roughly $31,000.00 in incentives, resulting in full system payback in under two years.

Next Clean Air Group’s President and CEO Steve Levine and VP of Operations Tony Abate took a look at the costs associated with operation of HVAC systems and provided an in-depth overview of the two-fold benefits of AtmosAir technology: how bi-polar ionization technology works to improve indoor air quality while also improving HVAC energy efficiency and reducing costs.

For many building owners looking to reduce costs, optimizing building ventilation performance is the single largest untapped opportunity. Moving and conditioning outside air typically represents:

  • • 50% to 70% of building energy use in lab and recreational facilities, and
  • • 35% of the total energy use in mixed use facilities.

By reducing the amount of outdoor air (OA) that needs to be continually warmed, cooled and conditioned, Atmos Air’s bi-polar ionization technology provides significant capital expenditure savings:

  • Reduces OA requirements within the ASHRAE/IMC code while also improving IAQ
  • Reduces equipment required for heating/cooling (which also means reductions in collateral costs associated with installation of equipment, piping, electrical and ductwork)
  • Provides potential for 20% to 30% reduction in HVAC tonnage plant sizes
  • Reduces level of outdoor pollution that is brought inside the building

By reducing tonnage and outside air, AtmosAir also results in significant operational cost savings

  • Provides potential 20% to 40% reduction in electrical and natural gas costs
  • Provides 5% to 10% reduction in entire utility bill
  • Increases sustainability and longevity of HVAC equipment because it doesn’t have to work as hard
  • Extends the life of HVAC filters

These significant capital and operational cost savings from installation of Atmos Air’s bi-polar ionization system result in a typical ROI of one to five years. And that’s not even counting the enhanced productivity, reduced absenteeism and other benefits of having cleaner, healthier indoor air quality! For building owners in New York, Con Ed’s energy incentives can result in even faster payback and ongoing energy savings.

AtmosAir Featured on Gensler.com

“AtmosAir’s unique indoor air filtration technology treats and cleans inside air, helping to keep people healthier and more productive. To tell the story of the system’s benefits and how it works, Gensler created a series of engaging, human-centric videos with a distinct and handcrafted look and feel. Through a vibrant and playful illustrative style, the videos simply convey AtmosAir’s robust technical and health attributes, plus the science at the core of the system. Each video is tailored to a specific market, including one for the architectural and design community.”

Check out the feature and architectural and design community focused video – HERE.

 

Inside JLL’s New WELL-Built Offices at 28 Liberty Street

JLL's New York 28 Liberty Offices

JLL’s New York 28 Liberty Offices

“We are compliant with ventilation code, but it goes beyond just adding outside air, since increasing ventilation increases energy,” Dana Schneider, a JLL managing director who leads its energy and sustainability division, told Commercial Observer during a tour of the new space. “Our balance instead is to meet and exceed minimum ventilation requirements, but more important than that is the controls that we have in place to manage the air temperature, the cubic feet per minute (which is the speed of the air ventilation), the humidity levels of the air and the combination of AtmosAir to purify the air.

“We are not treating our people like machines; we understand what makes them happy,” Schneider said. “An office like this makes it so you want to be in your office. You produce when you are in your office, and you are motivated.”

Read more in the Commercial Observer about the AtmosAir installation and JLL’s state of art offices built to LEED Platinum and WELL standards – HERE.

AtmosAir’s Bi-Polar Ionization System Reduces Employee Sickness, Absenteeism

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 8, 2016

Contact:
Brian Levine
AtmosAir
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New Video Tells the Whole Story

LOS ANGELES — “You’ve probably heard someone say, ‘I’m going outside to get some fresh air’ – as if the inside air isn’t fresh. Right? Well often, it’s not”

So begins a new video that tells the story of how untreated indoor air, when emptied of such impurities as allergens, bacteria and other pollutants, dramatically reduces the workplace sickness and absenteeism that are so costly to employers.

“As healthy buildings become more important and validation programs are given increased weight, businesses are focusing on the significant benefits of providing the cleanest possible air for their employees,” said Steve Levine, Chief Executive Officer of AtmosAir.

“Bi-polar ionization, which the AtmosAir system uses to proactively purify the air inside a building, enables people to breathe air such as you’ll find on a mountaintop,” Levine added.

The video – designed and produced by the global architecture, design and planning firm, Gensler – explains how AtmosAir makes building systems more sustainable by recycling the cleanest indoor air possible and reducing outside air intake. That dramatically lowers energy costs and removes up to 95 percent of ultra-fine particles and up to 90 percent of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

The AtmosAir system can reduce HVAC systems’ size by as much as 15 percent, with associated savings of up to 30 percent on HVAC electrical costs, the video states.

It adds that the system has an average three-year installation cost payback and contributes to meeting the LEED standard of the U.S. Green Building Council.

 

The AtmosAir system is making the air cleaner and healthier for many organizations around the globe:

  • Gensler
  • Tower 45 Office Building, Manhattan
  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Manhattan
  • Carnegie Hall, Manhattan
  • Staples Center, Los Angeles
  • National Resource Defense Council, Beijing
  • University of Southern California
  • Rush Street Gaming Casinos
  • Numerous military installations in the U.S.
  • Dallas Cowboys Headquarters and Training Facilities, Dallas
  • UBS, Stamford CT and Nashville
  • Hilton Hotels and Resorts
  • Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Tampa
  • Chicago Cubs Training Facilities
  • TD Garden, Boston
  • LAX Airport, Los Angles
  • John Wooden Center, UCLA

The new AtmosAir video can be viewed at: https://vimeo.com/180219756.

NFL Teams breath easier with Atmosair

As the 2015 NFL season marches on, each of the league’s 32 teams are anxious about protecting their quarterbacks, protecting their home field advantage, and safeguarding their athletes with the best protective equipment.

Four cutting-edge NFL teams are protecting the air their athletes breathe more effectively than any team keeps its quarterbacks from a blitz. Infections like staph and MRSA are increasing dramatically, along with fears about asthma, and allergies in the workplace and the locker room. To combat those growing problems, AtmosAir’s purification system scrubs and disinfects the air in four NFL team practice facilities and locker rooms: the Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, and the New England Patriots, with several other teams looking to implement the technology.

Concern about infections in the NFL is high. Earlier this year, former NFL kicker Lawrence Tynes sued the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for $20 million, claiming unsanitary team facilities led to him contracting MRSA, ending his nine-year pro football career prematurely. Three Tampa Bay players, including Tynes, contracted MRSA in 2013.

Seven years before that, the Dallas Cowboys were the first NFL team to install AtmosAir, which sits within a ventilation system, delivering better-quality environment through “bipolar ionization.” The benefits include reduction of odors, particulates, allergens, bacteria, mold, viruses, and germs. Cowboys Head Trainer Jim Maurer initially tested the system in his home, before having it installed throughout the Cowboys Valley Ranch offices and training facility.

Dallas Cowboys new world headquarters in Frisco, TX. The facility is set to open in 2016. “The air quality was just transformed,’’ said Maurer, a Cowboys trainer for 26 years. “Being in Dallas, there’s always been a problem with musty pads and smelly clothes and it’s helped there also.

’’ The Cowboys will put the system it their $300 million Frisco, Texas training center, scheduled to open next year.

“We’re all into green and health protection, this not a gimmick, it’s for real,’’ Maurer added. ‘We’re all trying to make our training environments more conducive to healthier players.’’

The Jacksonville Jaguars were the next NFL team to install the system in their locker room; and in 2009, the Kansas City Chiefs put AtmosAir in their 100,000 square-foot training facility. “You can’t put a price on peace of mind, when it comes to things like MRSA and other infections,’’ said Chiefs Head Trainer David Price, a 20-year NFL veteran. “We’ve never had those [infection] problems. I’d classify AtmosAir as one of those things you do, and then you forget about it, because it works – and that allows you to worry about the things you are supposed to. If you’re taking care of the best athletes in the world, why not do everything in your power to take care of them?”

The New England Patriots added the system, also used in airports, hotels, universities and casinos, in Gillette Stadium last year. The Chicago Cubs are using it in their Mesa, Az. spring training stadium, and this March, the Pittsburgh Pirates became the first MLB team to install AtmosAir in their locker room, with the Atlanta Braves set to follow suit in their new SunTrust Park, due to open in 2017. Large college installations include USC’s 111,000 square-foot John McKay Training Center and UCLA’s John Wooden Center. NBA/NHL arenas using the system include the Staples Center and Boston’s TD Garden.

Across America, workplace air-quality concerns are heightened. Poor indoor air quality has been linked to growing employee absenteeism, and causing symptoms including headaches, fatigue, trouble concentrating, and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs.

“Even though football is an outdoor sport, we’re inside much more than we’re outside,” said Maurer, the longtime Cowboys head trainer. “We’re all trying to make our training environments more conducive to healthier players. We also have less clean up and lower electric bills, so I can tell you that other teams call me about this every week.’’

With American business looking to be greener, AtmosAir can also address those concerns.

“There’s a huge focus now on sustainability and our system can achieve significant cost savings for any building operator, ’’ said AtmosAir President/CEO Steven Levine. “Really, the focus of our technology is health and productivity. For elite athletes, or really for anyone, that’s where it should be.’’

Sick Buildings: What You Don’t Know and Can’t See is Hurting You (and Your Business)

In the US and many other countries commercial buildings can sometimes suffer from environmental problems that can adversely impact the occupants of the building. The United States Environmental Protection Agency has coined a term for these buildings “Sick Buildings” and a term for the condition, “Sick Building Syndrome” (SBS).

Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) is defined as 20% or more of occupants in a building complaining of discomfort and health related issues that are linked to time spent in the building. People experience symptoms such as headaches, ear, nose and throat irritations, dry skin, itching, nausea, dizziness, and sensitivity to odors. The symptoms persist while in the building but are quickly relieved when not in the building.

How big a problem is this? Pretty big, in a 1984 report done by WHO (World Health Organization) it was estimated that 30% of buildings suffer from IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) issues and SBS. In addition illness lead to absenteeism and lost productivity. The — USEPA has estimated that businesses in the US lose 60 billion dollars per year due to lost productivity. Sick buildings and their effects on people can have huge financial impacts.

What are the causes of SBS? There can be many factors that contribute to SBS. A building that was designed for one purpose and is being used for another, for example, the building was designed for office activities and is being used as a printing operation. That building and its ventilation system wouldn’t have been designed for that purpose. Chemical contamination can be a cause. Chemical usage inside the building, materials and products used in the building can all off gas VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) which can produce irritations. Chemical or other pollutants carried into the building, for example, a factory opens up nearby and now disturbing odors are noticed in the building. Also biological contamination, mold, mildew, and bacteria mostly from uncontrolled moisture can cause health symptoms and discomfort by occupants.

VOC’s and exposure to them are the most common cause for SBS. Exposure to VOC’s will cause many of the above described symptoms to susceptible individuals, and also the symptoms are relieved when exposure to the VOC is reduced or eliminated. This is a similar pattern to SBS complaints.

What can you do to correct or prevent SBS? Three important factors to consider for any building’s air quality are

  • Source Control
  • Ventilation
  • Air Cleaning

Minimizing the source of pollutants inside or entering into the building is important. Chemical usage and material selections that are low VOC emitting should be used. Also the building envelope should be checked to see if unwanted air and pollutants are entering the building. Water intrusion and moisture and humidity control is also important, as this can lead to mold and mildew and associated problems. Also building maintenance records should be kept and maintenance performed to schedule. Also every building should appoint an IAQ manager to maintain air testing records, IAQ complaint records, and address other environmental issues.

Ventilation is important for health and comfort in any building. The ventilation design should be done to ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers) standards. The proper design of delivering air in a balanced fashion is critical to an indoor air improvement success. Poor ventilation design and poor pressurization can often cause or contribute to SBS situations.

Air Cleaning is also a critical point to consider. Even with minimizing pollutant sources and proper ventilation and air movement, the building still needs to address airborne contaminants that can be a byproduct of the building, its location and the occupants and their activities. Bi-Polar air ionization, air purification is one method that has been used very successfully in these situations.

The US Army has installed over 500 of these systems to help prevent and correct SBS situations in many of their bases. The bi-polar technology presents several advantages, it address VOC’s very effectively which as discussed earlier are a major source of SBS complaints, it easily adapts to existing building heat and cooling systems, it is a very low maintenance product so it retains its effectiveness without requiring frequent attention, and it also operates efficiently, many buildings have used these systems to reduce outside make up air and save significant energy costs while providing a better air quality for occupants.

With some knowledge of how SBS situations can happen and the factors that can cause SBS, building operators can structure a plan to prevent this unfortunate situation and also to address any building related complaints quickly and effectively.