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LEED Basics: Energy Efficiency + Air Quality = A Better Tomorrow

In 1994, the U.S. Green Buildings Council (USGBC) established LEED standards to certify green buildings and promote green building practices. (LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.) In support of this certification,...

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The Role PM2.5 Plays in Cognitive Decline and Incident Dementia

“Both increasing levels of air pollution and increasing cases of dementia are worldwide public health crises.” — News Medical Dementia, which is a broad umbrella term for several diseases that affect cognitive function, is...

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Introduction to ASHRAE Standard 241: Preparing for the New Normal

Recently, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) released Standard 241-2023 -- Control of Infectious Aerosols, proposing minimum requirements to reduce the risk of disease transmission indoors....

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Waterborne Bacteria Flourishes as Conditions for Growth Increase

It is a known fact that bacteria are everywhere. Bacteria can thrive in a variety of diverse conditions, which can explain why bacteria can be found across the globe. While bacteria are resilient, certain conditions are more conducive to growth than...

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Influence of Antibiotic Use on Common Healthcare-Associated Infection: C. diff

As we discussed in a previous article, hospitals are a breeding ground for bacterial and fungal infections. Healthcare-associated infections affect 1 in 31 hospital patients daily and can have serious implications on the healthcare...

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