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Sound Instrumentation for Building Acoustics

by Norsonic AS     based in Lierskogen, NORWAY

The field of building acoustics consists of two parts; Room Acoustics which deals with sound propagation in a room and Building Acoustics, which deals with sound propagation between rooms. Typically, room acoustics is related to the quality of sound, e.g. concert hall acoustics, while building acoustics is more related to unwanted sound, i.e. when you want to hear as little as possible of what is going on in adjacent rooms. From a measurement technology point of view, the two have a lot in common which shall be outlined here.

Air quality monitoring for health protection

by AQMesh     based in Stratford-upon-Avon, UNITED KINGDOM

Vertical pollution monitoring at different levels of a high rise building can reveal exposure of inhabitants to pollution and inform guidance about ventilation.

Industrial solutions for structural health monitoring

by Advantic Sistemas y Servicios S.L     based in Alcobendas, SPAIN

Real time monitoring of structures is an excellent field of application for wireless sensor networks. ADVANTICSYS has provided solutions for the monitoring of structure in different fields, from bridges, where the vibration has to be controlled both in the construction and operation phase, to cultural heritage buildings with their structural integrity under risk.

Cloud software solutions for hospitals

by Titan Cloud Software Company, LLC     based in Brentwood, TENNESSEE (USA)

You simply can`t afford a stinging environmental rebuke from the EPA or your state regulatory agency. Not only can fines be expensive, the reputational costs are inexcusable. You`ve invested far too much building trust in your community to take such a risk. The new proposed EPA regulations mean every facility that stores fuel must conform to a higher standard of due diligence. Failure to do so can mean heavy fines, increased liability, and deep brand damage. These new regulations augment and put teeth into the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which now expands to encompass all facilities that store fuel. Compliance requires monthly visual inspections and very specific record-keeping practices, best managed on a secure cloud solution. Titan cloud software keeps hospitals and related facilities on the high road, above the risks of regulatory non-compliance. It is the leading environmental compliance management software in the industry, currently managing over 60,000 USTs (Underground Storage Tanks), as well as thousands of ASTs (Above Ground Storage Tanks). Simply subscribe to Titan, and you`re well on your way to maintaining 100% compliance.

Sustainable solutions for building & construction industry

by thinkstep     based in Leinfelden-Echterdingen, GERMANY

Sustainable Building means to build and run buildings in an economical way that takes care of the environment and preserves resources. And it shall contribute to the protection of human health and social as well as cultural values.

Pure drinking water solutions for dental offices

by Pure & Secure, LLC.     based in Lincoln, NEBRASKA (USA)

Pure Water premium water distillers allow dentists to take control of their own supply of distilled water so they can ensure patient safety and protect their expensive dental equipment. Distilled water is water that has been boiled, sterilized and purified. Distilled water is an important key in preventing bacteria and biofilm build up in your water lines so you can provide a safe water supply for your patients. Pure distilled water also allows for optimum operation, reduced maintenance and increased lifespan for your autoclaves.

Indoor Air Quality Monitoring

by Edinburgh Instruments Ltd     based in Livingston, UNITED KINGDOM

Accurate control of critical indoor environmental parameters is not only essential for the well-being and comfort of building occupants, but also has a major impact on energy efficiency. A multitude of parameters can affect indoor air quality (IAQ) from gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2), carbon monoxide (CO) and volatile organic compounds to particulates, humidity and bacteria such as legionella. CO2 is one of the greatest variables affecting indoor environmental quality since it is produced by people occupying the building. CO2 production is a function of the number, size and activity levels of the people present in the building. Local concentrations can therefore vary dramatically – for example when a meeting room is occupied, or while workers are on lunch or coffee breaks. Excess CO2 levels can lead to tiredness and a lack of concentration and can contribute to the symptoms of Sick Building Syndrome such as headaches, eye, nose and throat irritation, itchy skin and nausea.

Carbon Dioxide Monitoring for Indoor Air Quality

by Edinburgh Instruments Ltd     based in Livingston, UNITED KINGDOM

Introduction: Accurate control of critical indoor environmental parameters is not only essential for the well-being and comfort of building occupants, but also has a major impact on energy efficiency. A multitude of parameters can affect indoor air quality (IAQ) from gases such as carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and volatile organic compounds to particulates, humidity and bacteria such as legionella. Carbon dioxide is one of the greatest variables affecting indoor environmental quality since it is produced by people occupying the building. Carbon dioxide production is a function of the number, size and activity levels of the people present in the building. Local concentrations can therefore vary dramatically – for example when a meeting room is occupied, or while workers are on lunch or coffee breaks.

PTR-MS systems for indoor air quality monitoring

by Ionicon Analytik Ges.m.b.H.     based in Innsbruck, AUSTRIA

Room-air VOC detection and monitoring. Measurement of most common VOCs causing smells or health effects. Real-time monitoring of emissions related to the Sick Building Syndrome. Ozone induced reactions in aircraft cabins.

Waste recovery for energy & utilities

by Tetronics (International) Limited     based in Swindon, UNITED KINGDOM

In order to stay competitive and to be seen as being environmentally responsible, energy and utility companies are always looking for alternative routes to generate power. One method of doing this is by leveraging waste to energy incineration plants linked to the processing municipal solid waste. During this incineration process, APC residues, which are a mixture of fly ash, organic pollutants (including dioxins and furans), are generated and are classified as hazardous waste and have a detrimental environmental impact. This fly ash is subject to Air Pollution Control as it is contaminated with extremely high concentrations of heavy metals and toxic compounds like dioxins, linked to cancer and other health problems. Tetronics offers valuable waste recovery plants that can eliminate the hazardous element within the fly ash while generating an inert building aggregate with the remaining material.

Waste water treatment plants Screening area: stripping

by Chromatotec Group     based in Val de Virvée, FRANCE

Context & Challenges Globally, the wastewater treatment is the first public health issue. Urban development leads to urbanization near waste water treatment plant and extension of sewerage network. These aspects induce to an augmentation of sulfur compounds (H2S, mercaptans and sulfides) which are very corrosive, odorant and toxic. To monitor this compounds online CHROMATOTEC® offers high meteorological solutions. To ensure the safety of operatives in the screening building/area of waste water treatment works an H2S analyzer has been installed in the main building to complement the protection provided by individual monitors. Chromatographic measurements show that other sulfurous compounds including Methylmercaptans are present in the air in addition to H2S.

Shredders for Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and Refrigerators

by SA Eng Soluzioni per l`Ambiente     based in San Donà di Piave, ITALY

Electric and electronic waste (WEEE), are coming from technology products such as home appliances (washing machines, vacuum cleaners), computers and tools. An economy based on the consumption such as today, provides a continuous increase of WEEE, and determines an increasing risk of dropping out in the environment or in landfills, with the consequences of pollution of soil, air, water and health human repercussions. These products should be handled properly and used for the differential recovery of the materials they are made of, such as copper, iron, steel, aluminum, glass, silver, thus avoiding a waste of resources that can be reused to build new equipment in addition to the environmental sustainability.

Air cleaning system for the sports facilities

by Dynamic Air Quality Solutions     based in Princeton, NEW JERSEY (USA)

For cleaner air in health clubs, gymnasiums, arenas and stadiums, Dynamic Air Cleaners are proven winners. Dynamic Air Cleaners can be found at the UNI-Dome, home of the University Of Northern Iowa basketball and football programs. In a recent IAQ upgrade to reduce the ventilation air into the building, which was constructed in 1976, Cosatini Engineering (Chicago) used the Ashrae 62 IAQ procedure to calculate a reduction of outside air needed in the facility. The original plan was to use 95% cartridge filters with a bank of carbon to meet Standard 62 requirements. Dynamic V-Banks were used in place of the passive cartridge filters in two 125,000 cfm air handlers.

Air cleaning system for the K-12 education

by Dynamic Air Quality Solutions     based in Princeton, NEW JERSEY (USA)

The grades are in: a 2006 national report,Greening America’s Schools, concluded that environmentally friendly school buildings lead to lower operating costs, improved test scores, and enhanced student health. The report, produced by Capital E and co-sponsored by The American Institute of Architects (AIA), concluded that environmentally friendly schools save an average of $100,000 each year. The study examined 30 green schools built between 2001 and 2006, and determined that the total financial benefits of green schools are 20 times greater than their initial cost difference. Measurable benefits include energy and water savings, improved student health and higher test scores.

Restoration

by Omnitec Design, Inc.     based in Mukilteo, WASHINGTON (USA)

Restoring structures after floods and fires is a constantly evolving industry. In addition to keeping up with industry best practices for health and safety of both the contractors and the building residents post restoration, it is also important to be working with modern and reliable restoration equipment. Utilizing Omnitec and OmniAire products will allow you to take advantage of the latest best practice methods with equipment you know will work reliably and safely. Airborne contaminates and dust is a significant consideration for almost any restoration project. Did you know that studies have shown a substantial increase in air particulate matter during the drying process? Not only does dust and contaminates affect your worker’s safety, but also the safety of the post-restoration occupants. Just increasing the air circulation doesn’t remedy the situation and, without adequate filtration, may actually create more problems.

Noise and vibration monitoring for the construction site

by ACOEM     based in Limonest, FRANCE

By implementing a noise and vibration monitoring system, the impact of construction site activities can be managed by: Complying with legal requirements relating to public health sanctioning the absence of appropriate precautions to limit abnormally high levels of noise and vibrations. Taking environmental quality considerations into account (HQE approach). Limiting noise and vibration pollution with the comfort of neighbouring residents in mind. Enabling companies in the public works and construction industry to adopt a transparent approach to communication with local residents, in order to avoid resistance and instead gain their support for a given project. Providing the site manager with reliable and official data, should it be required. 01dB offers solutions for construction professionals to suit the requirements of each building site. It provides them with metrological systems (such as the certified DUO sound level meter, dB4 and MR2002) with 01dB WebMonitoring services to ensure optimal control of noise & vibration impact of the construction work, using as well communication tools intended for the general public.

Dust monitoring and Sand Storm Monitoring

by Ecotech Pty Ltd     based in Knoxfield, AUSTRALIA

The frequency and intensity of dust and sand storms in many parts of the world are steadily increasing due to droughts and climate change. The severity of such storms is anticipated to increase over the coming years. These dust storms may last hours or days and cause huge damage and imposed a heavy toll on society with its physical effects, such as visibility reduction, heavy winds, red sky, hailstone and severe lightning. Such Dust storms, have a negative impact on human health, and industrial products and activities. They reduce visibility, layer on skin and cloths, infiltrate buildings and find their way into food and drinking water leaving a permanent sandy feeling in your mouth. Traditional dust monitoring instruments whether they be purely filter based gravimetric samplers or continuous monitors utilising Tapered Element Oscillating Microbalance (TEOM) or Beta Attenuation (BAM) simply are unable to cope with the high dust loads created by these storms. The filters on these instruments are quickly clogged and no further measurements are possible until a service technician visits to replace filters and filter tapes. In dust storm events this is impossible. Therefore, over the past few years a need for alternate technology which are non filter based, can cope with extremely high dust loads, require minimal maintenance and can operate off solar power has been employed in regions such as the Gobi Desert of China for the continuous monitoring of dust storm events. These instruments have demonstrated that an instrument can measure dust storm events with maintenance performed only once every 12 months. That it is possible to communicate remotely and that these systems can not only provide an early warning for dust events but have the accuracy and sensitivity to be an extremely useful tool in gauging hourly changes of visibility. Infact such instruments have been utilised by a number of EPAs around the world, including all Australian EPAs for the purpose of measuring ambient visibility as well as providing an accurate indication of rising dust events.

DOCUPAK LLC REDUCES COOLING TOWER CHEMICAL USAGE BY A THIRD

by Scalewatcher North America Inc.     based in Oxford, PENNSYLVANIA (USA)

Docupak LLC, a full service marketing company headquartered in Alabaster, Alabama, has reduced chemical usage by a third and removed all scale from its cooling tower at its plant after installing the patented, award-winning Scalewatcher computerized, electronic water-conditioner from Scalewatcher North America. In addition there are no longer signs of algae growth on the cooling tower louvres. Founded in 1998, Docupak, the operating name of Document and Packaging Brokers Inc., develops and distributes materials for businesses nationwide. In addition to its headquarters in Alabaster, Alabama, the company also operates a further plant in Alexandria, VA and has sales offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Los Angeles, Tampa and Washington, D.C. Aware that health agencies continually draw attention to the risks of limescale and algae in cooling towers and wanting to reduce the use of chemicals in the cooling tower, Plant Manager, Anthony Kinstley decided to install the Scalewatcher electornic water-conditioner through local dealer, Al Chatham of Water Processing and Well Supply in Harpersville, Alabama. An industrial Scalewatcher was installed on to the water-feed line to the building and then a further unit was specifically fitted on to the recirculation line of the cooling tower. “Since using the system the scaling on our cooling tower has been eliminated and we currently use only a third of the original chemicals intended for the water treatment within our system”, said Anthony Kinstley. Many air conditioning and refrigeration plant systems are water-cooled. The heat generated by cooling coils is removed by water, which is passed through a water-cooling tower. These are recirculating systems, which operate at temperatures ideal for bacterial and algae growth, and have plentiful supplies of nutrients. In cooling towers, temperature, water hardness, pH, scale and corrosion are all factors, which increase the chance of biofilms, algae and Legionella colonization. The environmentally friendly Scalewatcher provides a permanent solution to hard water problems without the need of chemicals, salt or maintenance. It works by producing a varying electronically applied force field, induced by a coil wrapped around the outside of the pipework, which keeps the minerals in suspension and thus prevents limescale forming. The water’s increased solubility enables it to dissolve existing scale, which is gradually washed away. “Scalewatcher has proven itself to be highly effective. I would highly recommend this product and service without limitation,” concluded Antony Kinstley. Scalewatcher models are based on continuous research and over 25 years experience and expertise as market leaders in electronic scale control with countless units sold worldwide. The patented Scalewatcher systems are capable of treating pipe sizes from one to 120 inches. All Scalewatcher systems come with a full performance guarantee and are shipped throughout North America.

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