PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — New College of Florida selected Carrier to help evaluate the health of its buildings this summer during the global pandemic to help ensure a safe reopening in the fall. Carrier and NORESCO, part of Carrier, conducted both an indoor air quality (IAQ) and ventilation assessment through the company’s Healthy Buildings Program.
NORESCO completed the IAQ study and ventilation assessment in accordance with the National Environmental Balancing Bureau (NEBB) standards. The assessments focused on three buildings that best represent the various ages and types of buildings on campus. The primary focus of the project was to ensure adequate air flow ventilation and particulate matter levels, in accordance with the ASHRAE 6.1 Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality standard and the WELL Building Standard.
Following the assessment, Carrier experts confirmed that the indoor particulate matter was within acceptable levels and the buildings ventilation systems were performing within industry and code requirements.
Carrier also provided specific recommendations to New College of Florida to help the college determine future building enhancements to further enable the campus and its occupants to remain safe and healthy. These enhancements include upgrading filters, installing UV-C lighting on future retrofit projects, expanding the use of IAQ sensing and enhancing the school’s mass notification and emergency incident management system.
“Carrier thoroughly evaluated select campus facilities to determine the IAQ and ventilation rates but also provided important insights into the effectiveness of our building systems,” said Christian Kinsley, chief financial officer, New College of Florida. “The assessment was invaluable in providing assurance to our students and faculty that the buildings are healthy and safe for occupancy.”
“At a time when indoor air quality is more important than ever, we are excited to have helped New College of Florida prepare for campus re-opening and provide peace of mind for everyone returning,” said Lauren Brust Moss, director, Sustainability Services, NORESCO. “The college was able to better understand the current state of their buildings but also develop a roadmap for future enhancements to maintain proper indoor air quality for the long-term.”