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Indoor Air Quality Tops Priority List as Districts Transition Back to In-Person Learning

Stark Tech Implements School Air Systems

This past year has been difficult for school districts. An ongoing pandemic, moving regulatory targets, space constraints, and limited resources have made the planning and execution of re-opening schools full-time a challenge. As such, many school districts spent most of the 2020-2021 school year utilizing hybrid and/or remote learning models. Stark Tech works with school districts to prioritize and implement school air systems to reduce the risk of airborne illness.

When the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated physical distancing guidelines from six feet to three feet for younger school-aged children, it opened the doors for many K-8 schools to return to full-time instruction before the end of this school year. In addition, it brought new hope for all districts and grade levels to fully re-open buildings this fall.

In-person instruction requires mask mandates, strengthened safety protocols, and specific ventilation and filtration upgrades to protect staff and students from airborne exposure risks. A study by the Center for Green Schools at the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) polled schools across the nation to understand how districts prioritized and implemented indoor air quality strategies for either full or part time in-person instruction. The study detailed the experiences and challenges at 47 school districts, representing more than 4,000 schools and 2.5 million students across 24 states.

The study showed school districts relied heavily on mechanical systems to implement air quality measures. A high percentage of participating districts said increasing fresh air flow and filtration measures topped this year’s facility strategies.

The reason: evidence shows that when combined with source control practices, enhanced ventilation and filtration through engineering controls provides a comprehensive, layered strategy to maximize fresh, clean indoor air.

School districts have had to make customized decisions on how to best implement an Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) management program, which may include some, or all, of the following elements:

  1. Increasing outdoor air supply through the building’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system.
  2. Implementing a flushing process between occupancy periods, running the HVAC system for a pre-specified duration to reach targeted air exchange rates.
  3. Opening windows to increase outdoor airflow.
  4. Placing fans in windows to exhaust room air outdoors, removing airborne contaminants through filtration.
  5. Upgrading filters to higher minimum efficiency reporting values (MERV) ratings – 13 or higher.
  6. Installation of air cleaners with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters.

The pressing need to address IAQ has not been easy. Most school buildings are not designed to support upgrades to HVAC, ventilation and filtration systems, which are the highest priority when it comes to IAQ management plans. Some buildings are so outdated that there are no control systems in place for automation. Barriers like cost constraints, climate and weather challenges, supply limitations, and a lack of facilities resources have prevented widespread adoption of IAQ management plans.

For those with control systems, re-programming costs and time allocated for HVAC sequences to achieve the recommended strategies are extensive and time-consuming. Hiring technical support to evaluate systems, strategies and technologies is also an extensive coordinated effort.  

Stark Tech, a Total Facilities Optimization provider, has partnered with school districts across New York, Pennsylvania, and Florida to implement IAQ management plans that are cost effective and designed to keep buildings healthy, comfortable, and safe for re-opening.

The Stark team provides turnkey solutions with full mechanical electrical plumbing (MEP) design capabilities. Stark is a single source agent for master systems integration, building intelligence, and mechanical and electrical equipment. With federal funding aid available to improve indoor air quality through upgrades, retrofits, and replacements, Stark works with school districts to customize solutions that leverage their current investments. Stark also has an ESCO team in house for performance contracting agreements, offering off-balance sheet financing that pays for energy conservation measures using the utility savings over the lifespan of the agreement.

To learn more about prioritizing air quality measures and leveraging technology to create safe learning environments for students, join our webinar on Tuesday, June 8 at 1 P.M. EST.

Technology Provides the Visibility You Need to Plan, Prepare and Execute Your Facility with Ease

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Most children are afraid of the dark. They struggle with the irrational fear that something or someone is lurking in the dark waiting for them. For a young child, what they can’t see is terrifying. At Stark Tech, we’re helping to identify threats and provide facility integration solutions to operate your facility with ease.

While most people typically outgrow this fear, it is still common to feel uneasy when in an unfamiliar or hard to navigate situation. Whether it’s entering a dark building for the first time, or being forced to make a decision based off of lackluster data, or a gut feeling, having a lack of visibility is certainly a disadvantage you’d want to avoid if possible.

Say for instance, your job is to oversee facility operations and align your building assets with your business mission. Would you feel as if you were walking around in the dark if you did not have the right tools to do your job effectively?

The ability to see the things you cannot see, like x-ray vision, isn’t just for superheroes and kid fantasies anymore. With master system integration and a single pane of glass view, managing buildings, systems, and equipment can be done with ease. Facility dashboards are designed to expose invisible threats like airborne pathogens and unveil hidden opportunities so our facility superheroes can do their jobs with their eyes wide open. Imagine having insight into your indoor air quality, occupancy count, who’s visiting your facility, and have surveillance footage, all at your fingertips, anytime and any way you need it.

Fully integrated technology can be monitored from remote and secure connections, so that you can limit your manpower onsite. Further that, when repairs are needed, your technicians are equipped with the right knowledge, tools, and parts to get the job done right the first time.

When applied properly, technology can also help identify the greatest threats to your facility and its occupants. In fact, technology sheds light on your blind spots so you can plan, prepare, and operate your facility with ease. Through data-driven insights and suggested actions you can fulfill your building’s critical mission and have visibility into how your actions impact your bottom line.

Stark Tech delivers total facilities optimization through technology, expertise, and customized service solutions to provide integrated building controls, equipment, and analytics. We are a single agent source for building automation, intelligence, and equipment offering a unique customer experience throughout the lifecycle of the building.

For more information, visit StarkTech.com

Stark Tech’s mc2 team in Florida adds Notifier by Honeywell to Protective System offerings

For Immediate Release: mc2, a Stark Tech Integration company, has partnered with Notifier by Honeywell to offer protective integration systems products to public and private commercial customers in Florida.

Notifier by Honeywell’s product lines include:

  • Control panels
  • Voice communication systems
  • Fire alarm initiating devices
  • Emergency communication systems
  • Wireless Technology
  • Smoke Detection
  • Flame and Gas Detection
  • Power Supplies and Batteries
  • DAS Systems and Surveys

Stark Tech’s mc2 is a Master Systems Integrator of complex IP-based automation systems, delivering actionable insights through data-driven analytics and automation technology. mc2 has added Notifier products as stand-alone offerings and as part of comprehensive technology packages that unify protective systems infrastructure with building management systems into an easy-to-manage platform. The team, based in Orlando, Fl. with offices also in Cape Canaveral, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Tampa in Florida and South Georgia, offers technology packages within DIV25 standards for faster response and potentially life-saving decisions with information for sharing, analysis and reporting.

For more information about protective integration systems, visit starktech.com

Stark Tech is a fully integrated provider of highly engineered, turnkey building technologies solutions and support services.  Stark can infuse multiple technologies into new or retrofitted buildings to optimize energy and maintenance requirements, plus implement enterprise systems that deliver actionable data to national real estate portfolios.