With inmate populations growing and existing facilities becoming overcrowded, new buildings and expansions of existing ones, are needed to meet demand.
This demand, coupled with the tightening of state and other government budgets, creates a significant challenge. When designing new facilities or expansions of current ones, engineers are often asked to “design to budget.” Unfortunately, the first cost of energy efficient and sustainable equipment is often more expensive and as a result, is often eliminated from the budget only to be replaced with less efficient equipment to save money (first cost) and keep the project on budget.
With regard to heating, ventilation and cooling, it is important to understand the requirements of the project. Some states only require ventilation and heating, not air conditioning. Location and code specific requirements must be adhered to. It is also important that the long-term impacts of selecting less efficient air treatment equipment be considered. Buildings need to incorporate systems they can afford long term as well as, the initial first costs. They need systems that are efficient, low maintenance and built to last.
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Air Quality (Human Comfort)
Indoor air quality (IAQ) is compromised by pollutants such as dust, pollen, mold, mildew and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).Read more
Corrosion, or the oxidation of metal, is heavily influenced by the presence of moisture in the air.Read more
When water evaporates it becomes water vapour. When this comes into contact with cool surfaces, condensation drips onto walls, ceilings and productsRead more
Mold and Bacteria
Moist air which is laden with bacteria can increase the potential for contamination in production and storage.Read more
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