PPG Industries presents Solarban® 70XL glass, a new solar control low-E glass that offers solar control and visible-light transmittance with a transparent, color-neutral appearance. In a standard one-inch insulating glass unit, Solarban 70XL has a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.27 with a visible light transmittance of 63%. That equates to a light-to-solar-gain (LSG) ratio of 2.33. LSG ratio quantifies the amount of natural light an architectural glass transmits into a building in relation to the amount of solar energy it keeps out.
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The Camsorb® Riga-Carb deep-pleated carbon filter from Camfil Farr removes strong nuisance odors and diesel emissions and can improve indoor air quality while potentially reducing HVAC energy costs. Designed to fit anywhere a rigid filter can be installed, it effectively treats common odors that may be drawn into commercial buildings, schools, arenas, and other public venues.
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Environmental containment unit
Mintie Technologies introduces the ECU2™, a premium version of its Environmental Containment Unit, engineered to protect healthcare environments from airborne contaminants. The ECU2 provides a large workspace and easy access through extra-wide doors. This multipurpose unit is CDC and JCAHO compliant, satisfies HRSA Critical Benchmark #2.2, and safely contains avian flu and SARS. The ECU2 sets up in approximately 15 minutes by one person, has a flat floor truss allowing easy access for carts, and has sturdy wheel housings for quick transport. Two or more units can be combined to create a larger customized containment space for entire corridors or floors.
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Armstrong Ceilings has introduced Soundscapes acoustic canopies. The sound-absorbing properties of the canopies help reduce reverberation time in the space below them. Soundscapes feature the Ultima™ DuraBrite membrane or scrim, which provides a light reflectance value of 0.90, meaning it reflects 90% of the light that strikes it. Measuring 47″ × 76″, the canopies can be installed as hills or valleys. All hardware, cables, and other required installation components are packaged with each canopy.
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Graphic diffuser panels
Stratus Designs' fluorescent light diffuser panels feature sky or ocean photography, giving patients visual focal points and creating a calming diversion when undergoing treatment. Standard 2″ × 4″ photographic fluorescent light diffuser panels offer an innovative, colorful, and tranquil alternative to parabolic diffusers or prismatic lenses and contribute to a more relaxed, healing environment.
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Custom air-handling portfolio
The Trane Custom Climate Changer™ is a custom air-handling portfolio. Trane's custom air handlers circulate conditioned air as part of an HVAC system. Custom Climate Changer units are built to a facility's specifications. The units feature new casings with air-leakage rates of less than 1%, helping with the infection control process.
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Antimicrobial ceiling panels
A state-of-the-art antimicrobial treatment is available on all Astro™ ClimaPlus™ ceiling panels and select Eclipse™ ClimaPlus™ ceiling panels from USG Interiors, Inc. This USG-patented treatment provides broad-spectrum control of fungi, mold, mildew, bacteria, yeast, and algae, and has demonstrated superior resistance to microbial growth. Both ceiling panels come with a 30-year warranty against mold and mildew. They also contain very low levels of formaldehyde, which enables them to meet a variety of stringent industry requirements.
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Researchers at the University of Iowa have found that Pella® Designer Series® windows featuring blinds protected between planes of glass can significantly reduce indoor airborne allergens. The study compared room-side blinds on both casement and double-hung windows to Designer Series casement and double-hung windows, with the blinds protected between the glass, in six homes over three months. Researchers found windows with room-side blinds collected 200 times more indoor allergens than the Designer Series products.
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