Brad Perrott, P.E., LEED AP®, GGP, EMP, and Wade Conlan, P.E., CxA, BCxP, LEED AP® BD+C, provided insights on adjusting airports’ heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems during the pandemic for an AviationPros.com article.
Brad, Hanson’s facilities practice lead, talked about the quality of outdoor air at airports affected by pollution from the tarmac. “You’re taking the less-than-ideal outdoor air quality that you get with a taxiway and runway from jet fumes and then you’re combining that with the busyness of an indoor terminal with lots of transient people, which of course, lots of people requires lots of outside air,” he says in the article, “Clearing the Air on HVAC.”
Wade, Hanson’s commissioning and energy discipline manager, said it’s about keeping the right balance. “… (W)hile airports are traditionally designed to keep the passengers and the people comfortable, out of the elements and not having the jet fuel smells, when you add COVID into the mix, you’re now trying to operate that for safety like you would a hospital patient room or a laboratory building,” he says in the piece. He also discussed increasing airflow rates and filtration and to tracking any changes made to the HVAC system.
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