Demand for air travel is at an all-time high and growing at an unprecedented rate. An industry forecast¹ indicates that if unconstrained, demand would grow approximately4% per annum. This rate would nearly double passenger numbers at airports by 2020 (4.2 to 7. 4 billion). In reality, growth will be constrained by capacity-issues in air space and at airports.
Two consequences of capacity restrictions will be more delayed flights and passengers having to spend more time at airports. Airport buildings are ventilated to provide breathing air for human comfort and health.
Large amounts of external air are drawn into airport buildings and this air will be heavily polluted. Airplanes are not the only source of pollution at airports. The ground traffic needed to support air operations cannot be ignored. Air quality is degraded by the operation of; push-back trucks, passenger buses, staff buses, baggage wagons, cleaning team vehicles, catering vehicles etc.
In fact, because most of these vehicles are powered by diesel engines and they operate in very close proximity to the gates, they are probably responsible for the greater proportion of pollution inside the terminals and other airport buildings. Continue reading
Camfil UK recently exhibited at the Energy & Environment Expo at the ExCeL in London.
Energy and Environment Expo is an interdisciplinary exhibition focusing on energy solutions, procurement and sound environmental performance to deliver real business benefit. Acting as a forum for constructive and professional debate between suppliers and buyers, social scientists, economists, government and the energy and environment industries.
As well as exhibiting, Camfil’s Sales Manager, Paul Newton provided a thought provoking presentation on Indoor Air Quality for Buildings for Health , Personal Comfort and Working Efficiency in the Keynote Theatre.
To view the full presentation, click here
Meetings can be quite lengthy and when a number of people are situated in a relative small space it can become stuffy and uncomfortable, especially if the ventilation air change rate and air filtration are less than needed.
At a recent regional Sales meeting we decided to put our new Camcleaner City air purifier to the test. It is equally good at removing particles or gas contaminants from the air. We used an TSI Aerotrak 9306V2 particle counter to take measurements before, during and after the meeting. It was noticed the air felt fresher and people were able to concentrate with greater ease. See the results below prove performance.
Particles of 0.3 to 0.5 micron diameter are measured because they can penetrate deep into the lungs when inhaled because of their small size. Continue reading