Transformative Wave has announced a new feature to its eIQ Platform, enabling facility operators to automate ventilation adjustments to comply with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recommendations associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The CDC has issued guidelines for commercial buildings including malls, retail stores, and restaurants to increase the amount of fresh outside air from HVAC systems as a strategy for mitigating the spread of the COVID-19 virus. New York and Connecticut have made compliance with these standards a requirement for certain businesses seeking to reopen indoor operations. Compliance presents a challenge for the majority of businesses who are interested in making their facilities as safe as possible.
Modifications to an HVAC system’s ventilation settings and schedules typically require a technician to visit each individual facility to make manual adjustments to each HVAC system. This represents an expense and management nightmare.
Compliance with CDC guidelines requires operators change three HVAC settings – eliminate demand-controlled ventilation (DCV), increase the minimum amount of outside air and extend the length of time the HVAC systems operate (up to 24/7). The Enhanced Ventilation Mode addresses all three by allowing users to set multiple ventilation schedules with increased outside air assignments for each period. It is possible to aggressively purge the building with fresh air prior to occupancy and/or ventilate at predetermined levels for longer periods of time.
Transformative Wave’s eIQ Platform is a building automation and energy efficiency technology that goes beyond the limitations of conventional control systems.
Enhanced Ventilation Mode can be applied globally across all buildings in a customer’s portfolio or only select buildings and individual HVAC units in the portfolio. This flexibility allows operators to navigate variations in local standards, occupancies, or climate realities.
Once the Enhanced Ventilation Mode parameters have been defined, enabling and disabling is accomplished with the push of a virtual button in the eIQ Platform user interface.
Automated compliance is simply not within the reach of the majority of facility operators in the retail sectors. It requires direct control over the HVAC system’s outside air dampers, operating schedules, and existing ventilation settings. Technologies from Transformative Wave makes these kinds of operational changes possible.
Another advantage of this feature is the ability for operators to return systems to normal ventilation settings once the pandemic has passed and a return to pandemic ventilation standards can be accomplished should it be necessary due to an isolated or widespread outbreak. This is a mechanism for enterprises to protect themselves now and in the future.
Complying with these COVID-inspired guidelines can have adverse effects on comfort and energy costs. Transformative Wave’s family of products help building operators make pandemic-related ventilation changes with minimal increase in energy expense and impact on indoor comfort.