04/29/2013 // Camfil Farr USA // Camfil // (press release)
(Air Filter News) Now in its second decade, I-BEAM — an online resource from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — remains a key tool in helping large and commercial buildings maintain optimal indoor air quality (IAQ). Indeed, its guidance has never been more crucial, as new studies reveal the lurking dangers in poor quality indoor air, which can trigger asthma and other respiratory problems. I-BEAM, along with innovative high-performance air filters, can help building designers and managers reduce these risks — and keep indoor air clean and healthy.
Available on the EPA’s website at http://www.epa.gov/iaq/largebldgs/i-beam/overview.html, I-BEAM is shorthand for the IAQ Building Education and Assessment Model. A guidance tool designed for building professionals and those who manage indoor air quality for commercial buildings, it consists of text, animation and visual elements, and interactive calculators. Together they enable users to:
• Improve indoor air quality within budget;
• Refine a maintenance program for IAQ;
• Conduct an indoor air quality building audit
• Train management and staff in indoor air quality
• Provide documentation that the building is following IAQ building practices
• Reduce liability exposure to indoor air quality complaints
• Improve the marketability of the building and rental space
Yet for building developers and managers, I-BEAM should be just one leg of an effective, sustainable High IAQ strategy. Also critical is the use of modern high-efficiency, high-performance air filtration products, like commercial air filters designed to remove more particles from the indoor air while lasting longer and requiring less energy. Such air filters are readily available in today’s market, thanks to innovative manufacturers like Camfil — the world’s leading provider of clean air solutions. Using cutting edge designs, Camfil’s air filters maintain peak efficiency throughout their service life, unlike traditionally designed filters that rapidly degrade and require more frequent replacement. The result isn’t just less maintenance and waste, but cleaner air, since the air filters do a better job removing harmful particles from indoor spaces. Costs are reduced, too, since less energy is needed to push air through the filter. Indeed, by switching to Camfil air filters, many customers have been able to achieve HVAC energy savings of 25 to 50 percent.
High indoor air quality is — or should be — a priority for all buildings. With tools like I-BEAM and products like high-efficiency air filters, it is a goal that can be realized — today.
The world leader in air filtration systems, Camfil provides clean air solutions for hospitals, hotels, office buildings, educational institutions, and pharmaceutical and biotech companies. For more information, visit our Camfil air filter blog online or call us toll-free at 888.599.6620.
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