To sluggish the unfold of COVID-19 and enhance indoor air high quality in metropolis buildings, Santa Clarita, California, is investing in UV-C know-how.
Ultraviolet mild (UV-C) disinfection has emerged as a well-liked possibility for facility managers to fight the unfold of COVID-19 over the past 14 months.
Town authorities of Santa Clarita, California, has absolutely embraced utilizing UV-C to attenuate the unfold of COVID. The know-how is now included within the city-owned buildings’ HVAC programs, both via retrofitting current programs or when putting in new programs. Mayor Professional Tem Laurene Weste has lengthy been a supporter of the know-how.
“One of many largest issues (with the unfold of COVID) has been that as we’ve progressed ahead with buildings, we maintain working to make them extra insulated from the surface,” says Weste. “They’re extra closed off, whether or not we don’t wish to lose warmth, wish to maintain the chilly out, or the chilly in. No matter you’re doing, you seal the buildings the place there’s no air transmission via them. It’s stale air.”
With air-disinfection know-how, an HVAC system will ship cleaner air and enhance air flow contained in the constructing. A latest research revealed that UV-C items can scale back colony forming items by 97.3 %.
Santa Clarita, positioned north of Los Angeles, has additionally been affected by wildfires, one other phenomenon that impacts air high quality.
Weste says Santa Clarita is putting in UV-C into current HVAC programs or incorporating it into new HVAC programs in 21 metropolis buildings. Sixteen buildings are already executed, with the remainder scheduled to be accomplished by the tip of the yr. Included within the new development is a sheriff’s workplace, a library, and a brand new neighborhood heart — all amenities which might be commonly stuffed with workers and metropolis residents transferring out and in of the buildings all day. Town corridor was the primary constructing addressed. It was retrofitted with UV-C for a modest $6,000.
Residing in one of many states with probably the most restrictive COVID insurance policies within the nation, Weste desires the air move within the metropolis’s buildings as clear as doable. She additionally desires her constituents to really feel assured that their metropolis’s buildings are secure.
“Viruses mutate quicker than something I can consider,” she says. “They’re mutating on a regular basis. If that’s the case, what are you going to do, maintain discovering new photographs? That’s a part of the answer. However the very best factor we are able to do is be forward of it by not giving it a spot to develop.”
Santa Clarita has been aggressive in getting the message out in regards to the UVC know-how and its advantages. UV-C is a crucial trade in Santa Clarita. Along with having numerous native companies focusing on deploying and designing the know-how, Weste is attempting to persuade native companies to additionally embrace a know-how that ought to ship advantages effectively past COVID.
“The toughest factor is getting information out to people who we have already got solutions to (on delivering cleaner indoor air),” she says. “The reply isn’t making everyone be locked up at residence. The reply is working with the medical career and making the place folks go secure.”
Dave Lubach is managing editor, Facilities Group.