buildings

Did you know humans take between 17,000 and 23,000 breaths a day? Create healthy, safe & productive work spaces by understanding significant IAQ factors driving health in buildings with Airthinx’s large scale low-cost Indoor Air Quality sensors. The revolutionary IAQ solution delivers industrial level measurements, in real-time, for sustainable energy-efficient buildings, everywhere in the world.

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Testimonial

Who: Randy Smith, Director – Gilbane Building Company, Facility Management Services

The Client’s needs: I reviewed several IAQ sensors and pricing. Some sensors monitored temperature/humidity/pressure. Other sensors monitored between 7 to 9 different IAQ readings. I needed an IAQ solution that not only monitored readings associated with comfort, but also readings associated with employee health, safety and productivity (CO2, tVOCs, CH2O, and Particulate Matter). AirThinx provided the most complete set of IAQ readings, so I was willing to pay a premium for the AirThinx solution.

AirThinx IAQ Data: I tested the AirThinx sensors in several corporate office buildings. We discovered high CO2 patterns, which were high enough to start affecting employee productivity at work. Over the testing period, we also observed patterns across the day and week that correlated with the effectiveness of the HVAC systems. On occasion we observed VOC spikes that set off a notification, due to cleaning activities in the area and employees using spray in the office area.

Outcome: In these cases, we recommended an increase in airflow in those areas during the afternoon hours to control the CO2 levels.

Role of Facilities Management: As a Facilities Management Consultant, I was interested in integrating the IAQ monitoring system with a customer’s existing FM software. I tested the integration of AirThinx with an IWMS solution called TRIRIGA. The initial integration was to display the most current IAQ readings with the room space record in the FM system. The primary integration goal was to automatically generate a Work Order from the FM system to the Maintenance Staff or Health Safety Officer when an alert is created by the AirThinx system. A secondary integration point between AirThinx and the client’s FM system is the existing CAFM floor plans. The idea is to color-code room spaces based on their IAQ readings. This visualization of IAQ readings on a CAFM floor plan would provide a better understanding of the relationship between the IAQ readings in a space versus the Space-Use and the HVAC system supporting that space.

Integration: The ultimate goal would be to integrate the AirThinx system directly with the Building BAS control system in order to automatically adjust the HVAC requirements based on current IAQ readings. For example, increasing airflow to areas where the CO2 readings are drifting higher in the afternoons. This is about not only keeping your work spaces comfortable, but also keeping it healthy and productive.

What the Client Said: In general, I love this technology. Most people want to know the water they drink is safe. I also want to know that the air I breathe is safe.

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healthcare

Did you know the lung is the most common site of injury by airborne pollutants? Or that every cough and sneeze produces infectious microscopic airborne particles? Prevent the spread of communicable diseases, hospital acquired infections & infectious diseases with real-time Indoor Air Quality monitoring of particulate matter, temperature, humidity, air pressure and gasses.

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airthinx saves hospitals $50k

Who: A healthcare client of LCI Australia.

Suspected Problem: An overheating problem in the Radiotherapy Planning Room that was part of a VAV air conditioning system with a dedicated VAV unit serving the Room. The client suspected they would need to replace their AC system.

Initial Observations: A preliminary inspection confirmed the room was, in fact, warm (25C) and conditions were stuffy.

Airthinx IAQ Data: After 2 days of monitoring the indoor air quality, the data indicated an odd pattern in the Temperature and Carbon Dioxide trends. The temperature was steady at 25 C +-0.5 C, regardless of time of day and the room use, and the CO2 was swinging wildly, peaking at 2000 ppm- confirming the feeling of stale air at the preliminary inspection.

Review of the Original System Design: With this new information, there was a review of the original system design which indicated that the VAV unit should be more than capable of providing enough fresh air to control the buildup of CO2.

Role of Facilities Management: A review of the new air quality data by the Facility Management department prompted a review of the Building Management System logs in the Room. A technician then checked the VAV box, finding a broken drive linkage on the VAV box. The technician fixed the VAV box.

Outcome: 10 mins after the VAV box was fixed, conditions in the room changed for the better, ruling out the suspected problem of an overload in the room as the source of air pollution. The room is now controlled at 22C, and CO2 remains steady at 600 ppm.

What the Client Said: The radiotherapists are very happy, and the hospital has not spent $50,000 on a new AC system to control the air quality conditions in the room.

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education

Did you know students spend over 15,000 hours inside a school building? Or that students with asthma miss up to 13.8 million school days a year? Children regularly face adverse environmental exposure from school building decay, water damage, poor plumbing & legacy pollutants, exacerbating respiratory diseases. Create optimal learning conditions by monitoring indoor air quality pollutants in real-time and see measurable results instantaneously.

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residential

Did you know Air Quality inside can be worse than air pollution outside? That invisible Particulate Matter less than 2.5 microns in diameter lodge deep inside the lungs and blood? Or that the World Health Organization advises a maximum VOC level of 300 ppb. Start receiving real time text & email alerts about air quality health risks in every room of the house, and breathe better knowing what to expect.

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hotels

Did you know that unmonitored indoor air can cause guest health issues like headaches and fatigue. Giving air quality the attention it deserves has never been easier. For the first time, hoteliers can rest assured knowing staff and managers have real-time text and email notifications about irregular air contamination. The minimalist designed device provides guests a trademark for excellence in health, safety & comfort.

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airplanes

Do you fall asleep on flights before taking off? That’s because Carbon Dioxide levels rise as people board the plane. Airthinx is a sustainable foot forward, alerting pilots in real-time of any mechanical failures and unhealthy or toxic conditions up in the air.

industrial

Quickly assess facilities and operational processes with real-time data, support energy conservation measures and implement lean initiatives while driving overall improvement of air quality conditions.

senior living

Decrease the risk of elderly patients developing problems related to indoor air quality, like poor ventilation or close proximity to a major roadway, because of weakened immune systems, age-related health symptoms & respiratory disease.

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