Do you need to double the amount of outdoor air going into a building? It’s not simple, but not impossible!

Earlier this year, Servidyne Principals Barry Abramson and Jim Gieselman, Senior Engineer Meghan McNulty, and former Associate Engineer Jamie Kono, were awarded the 2022 ASHRAE Journal Paper Award for their article entitled Increasing Ventilation In 1980s High-Rise Commercial Office Buildings.

The authors noted that the pandemic inspired public interest in building ventilation rates as well as the creation of an ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force. That group recommended that buildings “provide and maintain at least the minimum outdoor airflow rates for ventilation as specified by applicable codes and standards.”

The ASHRAE Journal article walks through two case study projects. These buildings in particular needed to double their ventilation rates in order to meet current minimum standards for commercial buildings set by ASHRAE. The study discusses their process to identify options that building managers could pursue to increase their ventilation. It also includes general cost estimates of each of those options with consideration to construction logistics such as how much disruption there would be to tenants.

On June 24th, 2023, ASHRAE recognized the contributions of members to the Society and the built environment industry during an Honors and Awards program at the 2023 Annual Conference in Tampa.

“We are thrilled to recognize and celebrate the exceptional achievements of this year’s ASHRAE Honors and Awards recipients,” said 2022-23 ASHRAE President Farooq Mehboob, Fellow ASHRAE. “Through their outstanding work, they have exemplified ASHRAE’s mission to create a more sustainable and comfortable built environment for all. We congratulate each recipient and express our gratitude for their invaluable contributions to the industry.”

See full press release here and full article here.


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