Posts by: Stephen E. Oskin, PE, LEED AP

Is Bipolar Ionization A Secret Weapon Against COVID-19?

Until recently, there had been no or very little independent testing on the viability of bipolar ionization as an effective tool against the COVID-19 virus. Companies were drawing a conclusion based up the technology’s ability to “deactivate” viruses of similar structure. Based upon the available information, we have regarded this technology as promising, but not

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Ultra-Violet HVAC Components

A search for “ultraviolet light” on Google™ will yield no less than 91 million search results. UV light sanitizers, industrial UV sanitizers, and thousands of other products show up. These results are an impressive show of our society’s ability to provide millions of pieces of information, all in our living room or office, in just

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Enhanced Filtration

Our next installment in this series on reducing airborne contaminants is focused on increasing the effectiveness of new and existing filtration systems. Some of the concepts in this article are long-proven items, and some are on the forefront of innovation. This article is to provide information for available products, not to recommend a specific approach,

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Airborne Contaminant Mitigation

Since early 2020, it seems just about everyone has an opinion on viruses, disease transmission and what should be done as a society, as a business owner, and as a private citizen. We here are Barton Associates are not healthcare workers, epidemiologists, or even medical students. We are just a group of engineers who believe

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Changes to PA UCC Code: Mechanical Code Changes 2009 vs 2015 IECC/IMC

The change from the 2009 International Codes to the 2015 International codes in Pennsylvania, except for the City of Philadelphia, ushered in many substantial changes when it comes to mechanical system design, construction and operation. Similar to other code updates, the hike toward sustainable design and operation continues in these common areas: increased equipment efficiency

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Changes to Pennsylvania UCC Code: The Overview

The Pennsylvania’s Uniform Construction Code (UCC) first began being enforced in April 2004. Fourteen years later, Act 35 of 2017 updated the code requirements to the 2015 International Codes. Application of this new standard began for all projects without a signed construction contract on October 1, 2018. The grace period for permit application for projects

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Building Better Schools

Importance of Proper Ventilation Is your building properly ventilated? What is proper ventilation? How do you know if you have it? These may not be the burning questions you ask yourself when evaluating student performance, but if your key business is education, perhaps they should be at the top of your list. Some facilities personnel

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