In a post-pandemic world, the health and safety of occupants in all building types is critical. High profile environments such as schools, restaurants, medical facilities, and office buildings first come to mind when thinking of today’s enhanced indoor air safety protocols. The same concerns are often overlooked in industrial workplaces (manufacturing plants, distribution centers, warehouses, logistics hubs, and fulfillment centers). In order to ensure safer workspaces, owners and facility managers must minimize airborne pathogens and provide clean, fresh, conditioned air.
Consensus is building among industry experts around the All Fresh Air Super Clean Building Standard(AFASC) which incorporates infectious disease mitigation design concepts for HVAC systems. The U.S. CDC has also released ventilation recommendations to combat COVID based on ASHRAE standards. The ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force released an updated Building Readiness Guide that recommends pre- or post-flushing air strategies, outdoor air supply, filtration, and air cleaning strategies. Dedicated outdoor air supply is typically costly and challenging in industrial environments.
Ventilation, building pressurization, filtration, and air purification dilute, disburse, and destroy airborne infectious diseases. This can be easily accomplished in commercial spaces with dedicated outdoor air systems (DOAS). However, heating, and conditioning large volumes of air with standard HVAC equipment in industrial, mixed-use spaces is impractical and expensive. Until now, there has not been a system available to address heightened indoor air safety concerns in the industrial environment while simultaneously mitigating increased energy use. For industrial buildings with high bays, numerous dock doors, and differing workspace utilization, a singular HVAC system does not meet today’s standards.
This is where Rapid Engineering steps in.
Rapid Engineering offers the only hybrid HVAC system that boosts air quality, comfort, and energy efficiency to create safer industrial spaces.
Rapid Engineering has the ideal approach combining a make-up air system to incorporate building air-flush ventilation, outdoor air supply, and air purification paired with ultra-efficient zoned infrared heating. Industrial buildings (warehouses, manufacturing plants, etc.) often consist of vast, open, high bay, mixed-use spaces with large, unoccupied storage areas and localized work zones. As expected, conditioning and heating the building’s entire air volume is inefficient and expensive. Air conditioning and air heating expense can be greatly reduced by only tempering air for the entire building, then optimizing worker comfort only in occupied zones.
“A hybrid HVAC system combining the indoor air quality benefits of make-up air systems and the energy-efficient comfort of localized infrared heating leverages best-in-class technologies for simultaneously delivering indoor air hygiene, worker comfort, and energy efficiency”, says Patrick Stone, President of Rapid Engineering.
A hybrid HVAC system combining the indoor air quality benefits of make-up air systems and the energy-efficient comfort of localized infrared heating leverages best-in-class technologies for simultaneously delivering indoor air hygiene, worker comfort, and energy efficiency
Rapid Engineering’s hybrid HVAC system creates a protective “VIRTUAL WALL” against airborne pathogens in large, industrial, mixed-use spaces. Airborne contaminants are diluted, destroyed, and dispersed with direct-fired, make-up air handlers with optional UVC, cooling, and energy recovery. RAPID MAKE-UP AIR HANDLERS efficiently address outdoor air requirements and improve indoor air quality by providing fresh air building flushing, pressurization, ventilation, heating, cooling, air sterilization, and filtration. Fresh outdoor air displaces carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and other harmful airborne pollutants and contaminants while satisfying ventilation codes. Localized filtration (MERV 13 or higher) and UVC lights further dilute and destroy pathogens, creating a protective “VIRTUAL WALL” against mold, virus, and bacteria.
Employee comfort is achieved with ROBERTS GORDON gas-fired, low-intensity infrared heaters. HIGH EFFICIENCY INFRARED HEATING SYSTEMS keep warmth focused in occupied areas, directing heat exactly within the space, without requiring walls to contain the heat. In essence, “VIRTUAL WALLS” are created in open areas where zone heating is needed. With the flexibility to position heat where needed, infrared warms floors and the surrounding objects directly. As a result, occupants feel comfortable at lower air temperatures with infrared heating, saving 40 percent over conventional air heating systems. “Facility managers and owners benefit from Rapid Engineering’s expertise of combining multiple technologies into one cohesive, integrated, hybrid HVAC system from a single source supplier,” informs Stone.