As energy conservation awareness has increased over the past few years, indoor air quality has become an important occupational health and safety issue. Energy conservation measures have resulted in airtight building construction that can create indoor air quality problems and leave employers wondering if the poor air quality is making employees sick. When ventilation systems are set to minimize the amount of fresh air that enters and circulates within the building, carbon dioxide is not properly removed and the quality of the indoor air decreases. Humidity can also build-up, leading to mold and mildew problems. Continue reading “Is Poor Air Quality Making You Sick?” »
Until recent years, most parking garage owners and managers did not realize the detrimental effects that carbon monoxide emissions from motor vehicles have on the air quality inside parking garages. Carbon monoxide, an odorless, tasteless and colorless gas, is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that CO poisoning claims nearly 500 lives and accounts for more than 15,000 visits to emergency rooms annually.
When not properly ventilated, CO concentration can build to toxic levels. Effects of CO poisoning include headache, nausea and fatigue, or at higher levels, confusion, staggering, heart palpitation, unconsciousness and death. Furthermore, when CO emissions fill a space, the oxygen in that space is depleted, causing asphyxiation.
Advanced Control Corporation has the air quality control solution that monitors and eliminates unsafe levels of both CO and NO2 in your parking garage. Proper ventilation is the key to eliminating these gases. While inadequate ventilation can drastically increase the risks of liability, continuous operation of ventilation systems can be costly. With Advanced Control’s automation system your garage exhaust fans will be activated only when gases are present. Our system allows for control of exhaust fan variable speed drive improving your energy efficiency. In many cases, installation of CO monitoring and ventilation systems can save up to 85% in energy costs.
Building automation is not just for new buildings; Advanced Control can install systems as a building is being construction or can retrofit your older building. The system can be hardwired or wireless to allow ease of installation.
Advanced Control Corporation provides a full portfolio of metering and monitoring solutions for building automation needs. Call Advanced Control Corporation today and let one of our experts customize a building automation system for your company. Advanced Control provides building automation in South Florida, as well as energy management, access control, CCTV solutions and more. For more information, call 954-491-6660.
Dade County Public Schools are going green! The newest magnet high school, now in its third year is the TERRA Environmental Research Institute. This school is dedicated to empower students with the knowledge required to understand and care for the environment and become problem solvers of our global concerns. Their ultimate goal is to prepare students to become conscious ambassadors for humanitarian issues and to deliver the message that humankind’s sustainable relationship with the Earth is possible. Continue reading “Raising Our Children Green” »
Over the last decade, strides in energy conservation have taken effect as well as overall consciousness in environmental health awareness. Every facet of life, including advanced control solutions, has evolved to align itself with energy management with industries gearing themselves towards producing energy efficient technology. Air quality is another component of overall environment health and safety, and is also a fundamental part of building automation. Air quality control systems are essential to creating the healthiest possible working environments for workers. In correlation with new Clean Air Act regulations, The Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) will hold a series of workshops to provide professionals with updated information on writing and submitting air quality permits based on revised standards. These workshops will be held throughout 2011 and will serve to provide this vital information in a manageable and approachable format.
Advanced Control Corporation understands the significance of air quality monitoring and control and can outfit your building with the proper technology for an efficient control system with superior service. Protecting inhabitants and simultaneously conserving energy is what Advanced Control Corporation aims to achieve. Installing open and integrated building automation systems is paramount to reaching optimized levels of capital and minimizing operating expenses.
Whether you need to upgrade your current air monitoring system or install another control solution, Advanced Control Corporation can supply your building with the best quality technology and service. We have been the premier provider of building automation, access controls, and CCTV systems in South Florida for years. If you want more information or have any questions please do not hesitate call us today at 954.491.6660.
The World Green Building Council celebrated World Green Building Week last week, as 21 countries hosted festivals and discussions to promote environmentally friendly building practices. The World Green Building Council has also released a report outlining the impact of building green.
“According to the United Nations Environment Programme, buildings consume between 30-40% of global energy. There is no single larger global contributor – and thereby potential reducer – of carbon than the building sector,” the report states. The Council points out that the building sector also supplies jobs, employing 5-10% of the workforce in most countries. Therefore by practicing green building, countries will tackle environmental issues while creating jobs for their nation’s people.
The World Green Building Council reports that while green buildings typically cost up to 5% more than standard buildings during construction, they can reduce waste output by 70%, water usage by 40% and energy usage by 30-50%. “As we also strive to radically reduce carbon emissions we can’t miss these win-win opportunities – tackling global climate change and meeting local priorities,” says Paul King, CEO of the UK Green Building Council.
Green building helps to reduce the energy and water use of a building through building automation and energy management, while incorporating air quality control to produce safe environments to live and work. These issues are more pertinent than ever since Americans now consume an average of 100 gallons of water per day and indoor air pollution is typically two to five times higher than the levels found outdoors, according to Earth911.com.
As a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, Advanced Control Corporation provides building automation, energy management, lighting control and systems integration. With over 20 years of experience, ACC has helped to reduce the carbon footprint of thousands of buildings in Florida. For more information on ACC’s services, please call 954.491.6660.