Government Case Study

U.S. Department of Defense

The Department of Defense is responsible for providing the military forces needed to deter war and protect the security of our country. The major elements of these forces are the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force, consisting of about 1.3 million men and women on active duty.

“Perceptions of the indoor air quality improved across the board and the number of complaints were dramatically reduced. With this level of success, the Facilities Branch directed that NVESD lab buildings install the AtmosAir systems.”

- Intelligent Power & Air Solutions, Inc. excerpt from report


NVESD, a premier RDT&E Lab in the Department of Defense with over 3,000 employees, faced significant indoor air quality (IAQ) challenges in its 50+ buildings on Fort Belvoir. These included high levels of mold spores, pollens, pathogens, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), resulting in numerous employee health complaints.  

After careful consideration, NVESD introduced the AtmosAir bi-polar ionization (BPI) air purification system to the Facilities Branch Chief. A controlled test was conducted in the HQ building, and occupants were surveyed without prior knowledge. The survey confirmed the extent of IAQ issues, their impact on employee health and absences, and the necessity of implementing the AtmosAir purification system. 


NVESD introduced AtmosAir to address IAQ issues, including mold spores, pollens, pathogens, and VOCs, aiming to create a healthier workspace. The discreet installation of eight AtmosAir D100 units allowed an unbiased evaluation of its capabilities and benefits to occupants. During the trial, IAQ parameters were monitored, including contaminants, particulate matter, and VOC levels, while employee feedback and surveys provided insights into their experiences and perceptions of the indoor environment. 


During a 30-day test conducted during the hottest period of the summer, indoor air quality (IAQ) significantly improved with AtmosAir. No degradation was observed even at the lowest outside air damper settings, and there was a notable 25% reduction in electricity consumption for conditioning the air. Particulates, VOCs, bacteria, molds, pollens, and other contaminants were reduced to undetectable levels. 

A follow-up survey conducted by the Safety Office confirmed improved occupant perceptions of IAQ and a significant decrease in complaints. The enhanced IAQ positively impacted the well-being and productivity of NVESD employees while mitigating the negative effects associated with poor IAQ. Based on these successful outcomes, the Facilities Branch authorized the installation of AtmosAir systems in NVESD lab buildings. 

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