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Quarantine restart: What have we learnt?

This week, international travellers began arriving in Melbourne again, and are re-entering Victoria’s revised hotel quarantine facilities. Numbers have been capped at 800 per week and will increase to 1,120 per week on April 15 provided that key recommendations are addressed – including many relating to ventilation. Focus on airborne transmission It has been almost […]

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Armcor offers energy recovery fresh air systems

Numerous studies have shown that increased outdoor ventilation rates improve our health and productivity while reducing the transmission of germs such as airborne virus and bacteria. However, due to compliance issues, HVAC system designers face limitations increasing the rates, says Armcor Air Solutions. “One study concluded that doubling the ventilation rates in buildings has the […]

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Safe Work releases guidance on workplace ventilation

A new COVID-19 fact sheet on improving ventilation in indoor workplaces has been developed by Safe Work Australia. The fact sheet highlights practical steps to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and improve ventilation in indoor workplaces. The advice covers three main points. Ensuring HVAC systems are operating properly. This includes checking that systems […]

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Hotel quarantine outbreaks prompt ventilation review

The Victorian government is conducting a review of hotel ventilation and air conditioning systems amid an increase in COVID-19 cases linked to quarantine. The situation has raised further concerns about the suitability of hotels as quarantine facilities, and the role of airborne transmission in spreading the virus. The Australian hotel quarantine system has registered outbreaks […]

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CDC updates advice on COVID-19 and ventilation

The Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) has released updated advice to reduce exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. The advice includes suggestions to improve ventilation that may help reduce the concentration of virus particles in the air. According to the CDC website, SARS-CoV-2 viral particles spread between people more readily indoors than […]

Events and conferences

Ventilation conference now accepting abstracts

The Ventilation 2021 Conference will be held at the Sheraton City Centre in downtown Toronto, Canada, from August 15–18, 2021. This year’s event is also known as the 13th International Industrial Ventilation Conference for Contaminant Control. Inaugurated in 1985, the “Industrial Ventilation Conference” takes place every three years, allowing time to develop new research and […]

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Are hotels suitable COVID-19 quarantine facilities?

As pressure mounts to allow more international arrivals into the country, the Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) has flagged serious concerns about the suitability of hotels as quarantine facilities.  So far, the outbreaks connected to hotel quarantine facilities in South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales have largely been blamed on […]