In an earlier blog, I highlighted bipolar ionization (BPI) as a potential game-changer in the HVAC world. While this technology has been around for 50 years, we have not seen a strong interest in integrating it into the average building. Now, as we consider the implications of longer-term practices to enforce social distancing, cleaning protocols, and wearing protective face coverings while a COVID-19 vaccine is developed, building owners seek smart, healthy buildings to offer employees and visitors a future-ready, comfortable environment that also minimizes the risk of spreading disease.
The BPI technology that has been the most rigorously tested and researched is dielectric barrier discharge bipolar ionization, also known as DBD BPI or BPI (DBD). This BPI technology is UL 867 certified to meet Ozone requirements. BPI (DBD) is not harmful to building occupants. It produces positive and negative charged oxygen ions to mimic ions found in pristine locations in nature (away from people and pollution). BPI can kill bacteria and viruses without affecting human cells or human tissue in any way. BPI (DBD) has been tested specifically on Staphylococcus, E. coli, MS2 Bacteriophage (RNA virus), and Clostridioides difficile (spore‑forming bacteria) with 98% effectiveness.
If you are looking into options to get you and or your staff back into the workplace and want to feel more comfortable in doing so, please take a closer look at BPI (DBD) technology. It is a cost-effective HVAC option to incorporate. It can provide a significant health benefit with cleaner indoor air but, most importantly, provides the key benefit of reducing workplace infections.