Nucore group urges education authorities to explore new options to improve air quality in schools
HVAC engineering firm Nucore Group is urging education authorities to explore new options to reduce energy loss while improving classroom air quality to meet Covid-19 guidelines.
Current government advice on limiting transmission levels includes opening windows to increase ventilation, but this creates its own problems with cold air entering the classroom, causing discomfort for both teachers and students, not to mention the energy losses and associated environmental impact.
Other measures being considered by the government include air filtration systems or the use of carbon dioxide monitors to check air quality.
However, these do not solve the problem of viral transmission of COVID-19 at the point of emission and are passive rather than active systems.
Moreover, none of the current government advice on improving air quality addresses the problem of viral transmission resulting from contaminated solid surfaces.
The Nucore Group, which provides products and services across multiple public and private business sectors, has called on governments, local authorities and education bodies to broaden their options and consider an alternative approach that could significantly improve the safety and well-being of staff and students.
The Aberdeen-based company believes that active air purification technology, which destroys the Covid-19 virus in contact with air and on all solid surfaces, continuously, is the most effective way to reduce the transmission, offering a much more efficient and safer solution. solution for school environments than simply opening the windows or using conventional ‘passive’ air filtration systems.
CEO Mike Bryant said: “This type of active system has a distinct advantage over passive systems, which cannot treat the virus until it is inside the unit and do not treat surface contamination.
“Active air purification technology works 24/7 on every cubic centimeter of air and surface space, simultaneously and continuously.
“One of the problems facing schools is that in many cases teachers and students do not know they have coronavirus because they are asymptomatic, and therefore they continue to attend classes, which which can spread the virus throughout the school community.
“Identifying how they can reduce the R-rate is a real challenge for schools.
“Using an active solution, as opposed to a passive solution, adds an extra layer of security, by destroying the airborne virus on contact.
“Another advantage of the Nucore Active Air Purifying Solution is that it is easy to install and simple to use.
“It allows you to ‘open windows without having to physically open them’, bringing outdoor air quality indoors without the inconvenience of creating personal discomfort, increased energy costs and environmental impact. associated adverse environmental.
“The Nucore Indoor Air Quality team believes that the technology developed by the American company RGF Environmental is the most effective system on the market.
“Developed over 20 years ago, RGF’s technology has always been able to provide real-time protection against viral transmission and is therefore ideally positioned to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.
“It is already used in more than six million applications, including schools, hospitals, hotels, public transport and commercial offices in 60 countries around the world.
“Users include Johnson And Johnson / Lloyds Of London who have installed the system in all of their buildings across the UK after carrying out their own rigorous independent testing and restaurant chain TGI Fridays who have also installed the RGF system in the UK. all of its 566 restaurants across the United States.
“Active Air Purifying Technology works by recreating the same process outdoor air uses to produce very low levels of naturally occurring hydrogen peroxide molecules.
“When these molecules come into contact with microbes, they quickly break them down, destroy them, and the hydrogen peroxide becomes water vapor and oxygen again.
“It is chemical-free and works around the clock, proactively destroying the virus on contact when it becomes airborne as a result of an infected person breathing, talking, coughing or sneezing in a room, or when surfaces are contaminated by contact.
“This means someone could exhale the virus by coughing or sneezing into one part of the room and then contaminate a surface to the side by touching it and the treated air deactivates the virus greatly reducing the risk of transmission.
“The technology is therefore able to meet the need for schools and businesses to safely resume normal operations by providing safer learning and working environments.”