Facilities Preventive Maintenance Using New Technology to Fight COVID-19

Air filter coating to be applied across campus

The Facilities/Construction Management Preventive Maintenance team is implementing a newly developed nano-coating technology, called Capture Coating, developed at the University of Houston. This coating will improve the ability of air filters to trap the Corona virus that causes the COVID-19 illness and was developed at UH's Technology Bridge by Curran Biotech (https://www.uh.edu/nsm/physics/news-events/stories/2020/0929-filter-coating.php) and tested at the New York Family Court Building, by DCAS-Energy Management Division.

F/CM is working to install this new technology in all buildings that have less than MERV-13 rated filters in time for the Fall 2021 academic semester.  One of the unique traits of this technology is that treated filters have minimal effect on the HVAC operating systems, requiring no mechanical system upgrades or air flow adjustments as was noted in the DCAS report, “The M&V process evaluated the energy impact of this new technology developed to stop the COVID-19 virus without incurring an increase in AHU fan energy consumption.” 

This innovation makes it possible for F/CM to continue “building futures and maintaining excellence”.