K-12 EDUCATIONAL FACILITY CASE STUDY
THAT AIRBOX HELPED TO SOLVE
In order for schools to re-open and create a safer environment for the students, teachers and staff, the district had to address the Indoor Air Quality not only from an effective solution standpoint but also within a fixed budget covering initial cost, operating costs and replacement costs. The state of South Carolina allowed each district to implement their own plan spearheaded by the facilities management and environmental group. The school district looked to various sources including the CDC, OSHA, and ASHRAE for guidance for operating schools during COVID-19. Ultimately, they decided to implement some of their recommendations according to the following guidelines/data:
clean air, pure & Simple
In accordance to ASHRAE’s (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) recommendations, the client implemented a combination Safe Air Plan that included upgrading their HVAC filters to MERV 13 and installing portable HEPA air purifiers in each classroom. Based on the classroom size falling between 700-800 square feet with up to 20 occupants, ASHRAE recommends a minimum ventilation rate between 250-300 CFM (cubic feet per minute) of outdoor makeup air for acceptable indoor air quality. AirBox provided the school with the equivalent in fresh recirculated air to disrupt, displace and remove airborne particulate from the breathing zone.