Vivarium DCV

Aircuity simultaneously delivers energy savings and a high IEQ for both human and animal occupants.

Vivarium facilities are tightly controlled critical environments that often represent the most energy intensive areas of a research building. Aircuity’s enhanced vivarium solution delivers exactly what facility managers need to address the challenges of these spaces: better information about vivaria indoor environmental quality (IEQ) and the ability to optimize air change rates (ACH) based on actual room conditions.

An Improved Environment for All

Laboratory animal allergies (LAA) are a serious concern for those working in a vivarium. Regardless of the type of cage racks used there are particulates and ammonia being emitted into the macro environment. Aircuity’s technology continually takes samples of the air and adjusts the level of ventilation based on current conditions. This is a significant benefit to both humans and animals in an open cage rack environment, and provides researchers with a healthy environment for animal facilities with locally ventilated racks or those connected directly to building ventilation.

Save Energy through Demand Control Ventilation

Generally a constant volume of fresh air is run in animal holding rooms regardless of the actual conditions. These conditions in the secondary environment may vary a great deal depending on activities being conducted in the space−such as animals being moved by researchers or bedding changes.  Aircuity’s OptiNet® system continuously monitors and adjusts ventilation rates in holding rooms, procedure areas and other lab or support spaces to minimize airborne contaminants. When contaminants such as ammonia or particulates are detected, ventilation rates increase to minimize odors or reduce allergen exposure. As the levels of contaminants decrease, ventilation flows are reduced to maximize energy savings. In constant volume facilities, Aircuity’s information and reporting capability allows for “informed turndown” of high ACH holding rooms to safely lower energy consumption while continuously verifying a safe and comfortable environment.

Intelligent Data for Trending and Enhanced Reporting

Aircuity Advisor™ Services delivers critical information to animal care facilities and EH&S personnel to improve vivaria operations. Temperature, humidity, particles, volatile organics and even an “as ammonia” figure can be displayed and analyzed. The data can also be easily exported for AAALAC/ILAR reporting requirements.  Aircuity IEQ analytics display average and peak values as absolute and differential measurements, providing insight about exposure levels and the source of the contaminants. Lab managers can track the severity and duration of incidents or compare spaces over time to identify anomalies within individual spaces.

 

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Case Study

Case Study – University of Pennsylvania