Controlling the Spread of Infectious Disease in Educational Buildings
Controlling the Spread of Infectious
Disease in Educational Buildings
In 2004 Dr. Mark Mendell published a study in the Journal of
Epidemiology contending that people who spend a lot of time in air
conditioned buildings have more health problems such as breathing
difficulties, skin irritations, headaches and exhaustion. The study
targeted poor air conditioning ventilation, which trapped bacteria and
germs then disseminated them throughout the building.
Wet ceilings and walls due to humidity levels found in many South
Florida universities can also become breeding grounds for bacteria and
mold when the air conditioning system malfunctions.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) acknowledges that the
notion of a “sick building syndrome” exists when the air conditioning
system attracts pollutants and fails to effectively disseminate good
quality air throughout the room.
The best way to combat “sick building syndrome” at colleges and
universities throughout South Florida is to install a multi-parameter
demand control ventilation air conditioning system. This advanced
technology automatically senses pollutants in the building. The sensor
analysis then informs your university building ventilation controls so
that ventilation rates can be optimized based on actually indoor
environment. This system can reduce airborne viral and bacteria sensor
counts by 90% in addition to identifying non-human pollutants.
Look for a Florida air conditioning contractor that offers the most
innovative IAQ Solutions
To effectively stay ahead of flu season, universities must analyze their
current air conditioning system to determine its indoor air quality (IAQ)
effectiveness. A Florida air conditioning contractor can examine several
areas of your system using one of these methods:
• Vacuum pump—examine the filtration and airborne particle detection
• Direct-reading Meter—determine the sensitivity level of detection
• Detector Tube Kit—hand pump that draws air which reacts with
• Personal Monitoring Devices—measures the level of contaminant
exposure to specific chemicals and pollutants
Detecting trouble with an existing system may identify the problem,
however only a highly skilled Florida air conditioning contractor can
remedy your university’s air conditioning issues.
Look for an air conditioning contractor that offers the latest IAQ
technology such as ventilation management and control systems. This
type of system can detect and filter pollutants such as
volatile organic compounds, respiratory-sized particles and carbon
monoxide. Once detected, containments are diluted by fresh air which
reduces the likelihood of infection and disease.
Why You Should Choose a Florida LEED Certified Company
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification
supports and encourages green building development practices, which
contribute toward energy efficiency, environmental protection, health
and sustainability. Demand controlled ventilation systems are a
pathway toward becoming LEED certified in Florida.
Installing a LEED certified air conditioning system in your Florida
university can not only contribute toward the health and well being of
students and faculty, but becoming LEED certified also provides money
saving credits. Specific criteria must be met in order to ensure your
retrofit or new construction project is given the LEED seal.
Before you seek Florida LEED certification ensure you are working with
a trusted LEED certified HVAC company:
• Look for a Florida HVAC company that hires LEED accredited
professionals on staff, including a LEED Charrette Facilitator.
• Ask the HVAC consultant about partnerships with other LEED
contractors and consultants, which contribute toward a more efficient
and complete job.
• Inquire about the company’s tenure in the Florida area; the number
of LEED based jobs completed and typical job turnaround times.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 22 million sick days can
be attributed to the common cold with even more due to influenza and
the H1N1 virus. Most colleges and universities follow a common sense
approach to thwarting the spread of infectious disease like encouraging
hand washing, making hand sanitizers easily accessible and
recommending sick students stay home. More and more universities
are also installing multi-parameter demand control ventilation air
conditioning systems to further protect students from the spread of
About The Hillyork:
Hill York is the only MSCA Green Star Certified mechanical contractor
recognized by USGBC in Florida Provides Green Air Conditioning
Systems. We offers full-service air conditioning and energy solutions
including Energy Management, Sustainable AC Services Design/Build,
Facility Management. 100% of metropolitan areas, south of the I-4
corridor are serviced by a local Hill York branch office. Branches are in
the cities of Fort Lauderdale, Miami, West Palm Beach, Melbourne,
Sarasota and Tampa, and between them, cover the following counties
in South Florida: For more details visit http://www.hillyork.com
Company – Hillyork
Contact Person – Sophie Kaye
Email – Skaye@hillyork.com
Phone(s) – 954-525-2971