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Michelle Czosek, CAE NAFA Executive Director

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Publisher’s Note

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Table of Contents Features In-situ residential HVAC filtration efficiency for fine and ultrafine particles


NAFA Guidelines: Recommended Practices for Filtration for Airborne Infections Containment Rooms in Health Care Facilities


NAFA member booths during AHR Expo


Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)


2016 Annual Convention


Departments President’s Message


Welcome to NAFA


2016 Board of Directors


Industry Calendar of Events


Industry News


Technology Corner


Certified Personnel


From the Executive Director



President’s Message

Surf’s up! by Jeron Downing, CAFS, Dave Downing & Associates

“Waves are not measured in feet and inches, they are measured in increments of fear” – Buzzy Trent

The 2016 NAFA annual conference in Newport Beach is quickly approaching. The focus on the annual meeting is geared more towards the broad business environment and not just technical filter information. It’s a way to spend more time with fellow members and discuss “industry chatter” over lunch versus sitting in the conference room with stale hotel coffee! This beautiful beach destination offers us the perfect setting to do so. The macro environment in 2016 has sent tidal waves through the industry. AAF surprised the industry by announcing the purchase of Flanders making AAF an industry giant, both in the USA and abroad. ASHRAE continues to fight off advances of ISO to replace the 52.2 test we know today. And, to top it off, political pressure during this Presidential race leaves businesses uncertain of changing regulation and taxation. What are we to do? Buzzy Trent, a famous big wave surfer said, “Waves are not measured in feet and inches, they are measured in increments of fear.” While big mergers make a big splash, do they affect your business? When you stop and think about your business today, are you being led by fear of the unknown, or do you plan for the changing environment. There is no way to predict everything around you, but you can bolster your business by building solid relationships with customers and living by the golden rule.


“Wiping out is an under-appreciated skill,” said Laird Hamilton, another big wave surfer. In a sense, everyone is going to have to overcome obstacles and failure, but how you pick yourself up and learn from it will separate you from your competition. Challenge yourself and your organization to regularly attend NAFA conferences to stay on the cutting edge and know what’s going on in the industry. After all, you can’t learn everything from your favorite search engine! Be on the lookout for the new NAFA e-newsletter, called “The Filter Advisor”. It includes details about what’s happening within NAFA, reminders about upcoming conferences such as the AHR Expo, and featured articles from our members. We are always looking for fresh content so please reach out to Michelle Czosek or Terry Driscoll if you are interested in providing content. Hope the sun is shining and the surfs up! See you in Newport Beach, California. ■

Jeron Downing NAFA President

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Welcome to NAFA!

2016 Board of Directors



Rich Scott, CAFS

National Trade Supply Greenwood, Indiana

Tony Fichter

Techniques, Inc. Roseau, Minnesota

Jeron Downing, CAFS

Dave Downing & Associates 130 North 39th Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85009 602-264-5100 Fax 602-241-7500 jeron@davedowning.com www.davedowning.com


Timmy Lott, CAFS, NCT II

Associate Gary Chu

Gabo Filters, Inc. Upland, California

Pure Air Filter Sales & Service 204 Eastman Street Greenwood, MS 38935 662-453-0034 Fax: 662-453-8199 timmy@pureairco.com www.pureairco.com


Jay Reese, CAFS

General Mike Garcia

TFM Consultants International, Ltd. Langley, British Columbia Canada

Arlene Jacobs Kelly Services Troy, Michigan

Professional Individual Michael Corbat, CAFS Custom Filter, LLC Aurora, Illinois

3M Purification, Inc. 400 Research Parkway Meriden, CT 06450 612-716-1001 jjreese@mmm.com www.3MPurification.com


Trey Fly, CAFS, NCT II

Joe W. Fly Co., Inc. 4820 Memphis Street Dallas, TX 75207 214-634-2200 Fax: 214-634-7928 trey@joeflyco.com www.joeflyco.com

Immediate Past President

Christopher A. Zaker, CAFS, NCT Glasfloss Industries, Inc. 2168 Commerce Street Lancaster, OH 43130 740-687-1100 x 116 Fax 740-687-1145 czaker@glasfloss.com www.glasfloss.com

Northeast Region

Tom Justice, CAFS, NCT Zene 112 Point Shore Drive Goldsboro, NC 27534 919-740-6308 justfilter@yahoo.com


Southeast Region

Patrick Rosenthal, CAFS

TEX-AIR Filters/Air Relief Technologies 2209-A Rutland Drive Austin, TX 78758 512-833-3330 Fax: 512-833-3335 patrickrosenthal@texairfilters.com www.texairfilters.com

North Central Region

Robert Martin, CAFS

Kimberly Clark Corporation 1400 Holcomb Bridge Road Roswell, GA 30076 770-587-7383 Fax: 770-587-7241 robert.martin@kcc.com www.kcfiltration.com

South Central Region Ray Riopel, CAFS

B. C. Air Filter, Ltd. 2809 Norland Avenue Burnaby, BC V5B 3A9 Canada 604-435-4396 Fax: 604-291-2510 ray@bcairfilter.com www.bcairfilter.com

Northwest Region

Nathan Wittman, CAFS, NCT Filter Technology Company, Inc. 9018-B Scranton Street Houston, TX 77075 713-910-1395 Fax: 713-910-0071 nwittman@filtertexas.com www.filtertexas.com

Southwest Region

Julie Engelstad, CAFS

Fiber Bond Corporation 110 Menke Road Michigan City, IN 46360 219-879-4541 Fax: 219-874-7502 julie.engelstad@fiberbond.net www.fiberbond.net


Ruben A. Cespedes, CAFS

RCA Ltd. Av. 11 de Setiembre 2214, Of. 149 Providencia, Santiago Chile 011 56 2 335-0418 Fax: 011 56 2 335-7733 cespedes@rcaltd.cl www.rcaltd.cl


In-situ residential HVAC filtration efficiency for fine and ultrafine particles by Torkan Fazli and Brent Stephens, Ph.D. Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL Built Environment Research Group | www.built-envi.com


Human exposure to airborne fine particles (i.e., PM2.5, or the mass concentration of particles smaller than 2.5 µm) and ultrafine particles (i.e., UFPs, or the number concentration of particles smaller than 0.1 µm) are consistently linked to a variety of adverse health effects including asthma exacerbation, cardiopulmonary mortality, lung cancer, and stroke.1–3 Although these associations are typically made using outdoor particle concentrations, much of human exposure to airborne particles actually occurs indoors, particularly in residences.4–6 This is because (i) people spend most of their time at home,7 (ii) particles of outdoor origin can infiltrate and persist in residences with varying efficiencies,8 and (iii) there are also many indoor sources of airborne particles of various sizes in residences, including smoking, cooking, burning incense and candles, operating office equipment, indoor oxidative chemistry, and resuspension from settled dust.6 The combination of all of these impacts makes particulate matter exposure inside residences likely the most important indoor pollutant for human health, according to one recent estimate.9

High-efficiency particle air filtration in central heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems is increasingly being used to reduce concentrations of particulate matter of both indoor and outdoor origin inside residences. However, questions remain about their effectiveness for reducing indoor particle concentrations in homes operating under realistic occupied conditions. For one, the predominant filter test standard in the U.S., ASHRAE Standard 52.2-2012 and its Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) metric, only characterizes removal efficiency for particles 0.3-10 µm in size, although the vast majority of particles present in both indoor and outdoor environments (by number) are smaller than 0.3 µm.10–13 The same issues are true for other filter test standards such as AHRI 68014 as well as a variety of rating systems that have been developed by air filter manufacturers and retailers. For example, 3M uses a “Microparticle Performance Rating” (MPR) to characterize its products. The MPR measures the ability of an air filter to capture particles 0.3 to 1 μm in size. The retailer Home Depot uses

a “Filter Performance Rating” (FPR) to characterize its air filtration products. FPR ranges from 1 to 10 based on the weighted air filter performance of large particle removal (60%), small particle removal (30%), and weight gain/lifetime (10%).15 A comparison between the MERV rating system and MPR and FPR is shown in Table 1.16 A number of questions remain regarding how residential HVAC filters perform in real environments. First, it remains to be seen how filters rated by these test standards perform for removing finer (e.g., ultrafine) particles in addition to the typical 0.3 µm to 10 µm size ranges. Second, filters installed in central residential HVAC systems may be subject to different face velocities, particle concentrations, particle compositions, and environmental conditions that do not reflect test conditions in Standard 52.2.17 Third, filters may also experience substantial bypass airflow in poorly constructed filter housings in residential installations.18 Given these issues with existing air filtration test standards, we have been utilizing a simple in-situ test method to measure the size-resolved single-pass particle removal efficiency

Table 1. Comparison of common rating systems used for residential HVAC filters MERV


ASHRAE Minimum Initial Efficiency


0.3 – 1 µm

1 - 3 µm

3 – 10 µm

MERV 19-20




MERV 17-18



> 95%




> 95%

> 95%

> 95%

MERV 14-15



75 – 95%

> 90%

> 90%


10 Blue

< 75%

> 90%

> 90%


Black 2200 Navy Blue 1900 Purple 1500

8 - 9 Purple

80 – 90%

> 90%


Red 1000

7 Red

65 – 79%

> 85%


50 – 64%

> 85%


Light Blue 600

5 Green

70 – 85%


4 Green

50 – 69%



35 – 49%

MERV 0 - 5

20 – 34%


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Figure 1. Section view, plan view, and photo of the experimental setup.

over a wide range of fine and ultrafine particle sizes (from 0.01 to 2.5 µm) of a wide range of commercially available filters for use in residential buildings.19 Here we briefly report on the test method and some preliminary results.


The measurements are relatively straightforward. Indoor particle concentrations are elevated inside a ~650 ft 2 unoccupied apartment unit on the campus of Illinois Institute of Technology, and size-resolved particle concentrations (from ~10 nm to ~10 µm) are measured upstream and downstream of the filter using a combination of a TSI NanoScan Scanning Mobility Particle Sizer (SMPS) and a TSI Optical Particle Sizer (OPS). A 100% recirculating central air-handling unit is installed in the living room and connected to interior rigid sheet metal


ductwork. The system is not connected to a heating or cooling system, but it is designed to mimic a typical residential air handler and distribution system. The air-handling unit can accommodate 16” x 25” filters with depths ranging from 1” to 5” (or more). Particles are generated into a 3 ft × 1 ft × 2 ft chamber that is installed in front of the return plenum through a combination of burning incense and operating a TSI Model 8026 particle generator to aerosolize NaCl particles. Each test is conducted for approximately 1 hour. Upstream and downstream concentrations are measured through an automated electronically actuated sampling system connected to the aerosol instruments using conductive tubing. Each sampling period is set for 4 minutes, providing a total of 8 minutes per upstream/downstream combination, or

about 7 complete upstream/downstream cycles within 1 hour of testing. The size-resolved single-pass particle removal efficiency is then calculated in each particle size bin (approximately 20 bins total) for each 8-minute sampling period by subtracting the ratio of the average downstream concentration to the average upstream concentration from unity. The average size-resolved removal efficiency is then reported as the average removal efficiency across all 7 sampling periods for a given filter test. In both upstream and downstream sampling periods, the first minute of data are discarded to ensure that the sampling lines were cleared from the previous measurement. Size-resolved removal efficiencies for each test filter is reported as an average and standard deviation across the 7 combined upstream/ downstream sample periods. Figure


Figure 2. Mean and standard deviation of size-resolved in-situ particle removal efficiency measured for 9 filters labeled with MERV.

Figure 3. Mean and standard deviation of size-resolved in-situ particle removal efficiency measured for 3 filters labeled with MPR and 4 filters labeled with FPR.

1 shows drawings and a photo of the experimental setup. Realistically, given challenges in aerosolizing large particles in real environments, we are typically able to calculate removal efficiencies for particles from 10 nm to about 3 Âľm, which provides a dataset for both fine and ultrafine particles. For each filter test, airflow rates and filter pressure drop are also measured and recorded. Filter pressure drop is measured using an Energy Conservatory DG-700 differential pressure gauge connected to ambient indoor air on one end and to a pressure tap just a few inches downstream of the filter (in the return plenum) on the other end. The airflow rate is estimated for each test by measuring the pressure in the supply


plenum and relating back to TrueFlow plate measurements. Temperature and relative humidity in the room is measured throughout each test using an Onset HOBO U12. Air velocity measurements were also taken with a Fluke air velocity meter (Model #975) to confirm that isokinetic sampling is being achieved within a reasonable range (i.e., ~10%).


To date, we have successfully measured size-resolved fine and ultrafine particle removal efficiency of 16 commercially available residential filters. These filters are new and not previously loaded, and we have not taken steps to artificially load them at this point. We are providing all of the results in an electronic database

online for others to access for free: http:// built-envi.com/portfolio/filter-testing/. The summary data include particle removal efficiency measured across 21 particle size bins, filter pressure drop, airflow rate, and indoor temperature and relative humidity measured during the test. Here we provide just a few highlights from the first set of filter tests conducted using the setup. Figures 2 and 3 show the mean and standard deviation of size-resolved removal efficiency measured for 16 filters labeled with three different rating systems: MERV (n = 9), MPR (n = 3), and FPR (n = 4). Most filters had the lowest measured removal efficiency for particle sizes around 0.3 Âľm and the highest efficiency for particle sizes

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Figure 4. Correlation between measured filter pressure drop and air handler airflow rates. 1” filters are marked with circles, 2” filters are marked with diamonds, and 4” filters are marked with triangles.

Figure 5. Correlation between manufacturer-reported MERV (or MERV equivalent) and measured filter pressure drop

near 2.5 µm, consistent with fibrous media filtration theory and previous measurements. Removal efficiencies were also fairly constant across the 10-100 nm UFP size ranges for most filters. Removal efficiencies for particles greater than 0.3 µm largely scaled with rated removal efficiency, which is consistent with the various filtration test standards. However, removal efficiencies for UFPs did not necessarily scale with rated removal efficiency. For example, UFP removal efficiencies measured using two MERV 8 filters (WEB-ECO 1” and Airguard 4”), two MERV 11 filters (cULus 2” and Flanders 2”), and MERV 13 filters (Flanders 2” and Airguard 1”) differed by nearly a factor of two for many UFP sizes when comparing results within the


same rating. These differences are likely attributed to a combination of differences in media charge, pleating, and filter depth. The differences in UFP removal efficiencies were not as large for filters rated by MPR and FPR. Figure 4 shows the correlation between filter pressure drop and HVAC airflow rate for the 16 tested filters installed in the test system. The minimum airflow rate decrease (~2%) was measured with a 1” MERV 1-4 filter installed. The maximum airflow rate decrease (~16%) was measured with a 1” MERV 13 filter installed. Figure 4 also shows that filters with extended depths were able to maintain higher airflow rates than those with lesser depths.

Finally, Figure 5 demonstrates that there was only a weak correlation (R 2 = 0.13) between measured filter pressure drop and manufacturer reported efficiency rating (i.e., MERV or MERV equivalent when other efficiency rating systems are converted to MERV using Table 1) when analyzing the data across all filter depths. However, there was a strong correlation between measured filter pressure drop and reported efficiency rating when analyzing only 1” or 2” depth filters (R 2 = 0.78 and 0.74, respectively), but no correlation when comparing only 4-5” filters (R 2 = 0.10). These data suggest that extended depth filters can achieve low pressure drop and high fine and ultrafine particle removal efficiency, but that 1” and 2” filters cannot.



We are beginning to build an online database of in-situ size-resolved particle removal efficiency measurements for a wide range of filters commonly used in residential buildings. With 16 filter tests completed to date, we have found that the removal efficiency for ultrafine particles generally ranged from ~35% to ~98% for MERV 8 filters and MERV 16 filters, respectively. For particle sizes between 0.3 and 1 µm, the removal efficiency of the filters ranged from a minimum of ~16% for MERV 1-4 filters to a maximum of ~99% for MERV 16 filters. Similarly, removal efficiencies for particle sizes 1 µm to 2.5 µm ranged from ~30% for MERV 1-4 to 100% for MERV 16. UFP removal efficiencies are more varied. These results are beginning to show that in order to achieve substantial removal of both fine and ultrafine particles by central HVAC filters in residential environments, higher efficiency filters than what is typically recommended in standards such as ASHRAE 62.2-2016 are required. We encourage you to ship us your clean (or dirty) filters if you want them tested and we will add your results to the online database!* ■


We are grateful for those of you who have already sent filters for us to test. This work is supported in part by an ASHRAE Graduate Student Grant-in-Aid Award to Torkan Fazli and in part by an ASHRAE New Investigator Award to Brent Stephens.


(1) Stölzel, M.; Breitner, S.; Cyrys, J.; Pitz, M.; Wölke, G.; Kreyling, W.; Heinrich, J.; Wichmann, H.E.; Peters, A. Daily mortality and particulate matter in different size classes in Erfurt, Germany. J. Expo. Sci. Environ. Epidemiol. 2007, 17 (5), 458–467. (2) Pope, C. A.; Ezzati, M.; Dockery, D. W. Fineparticulate air pollution and life expectancy in the United States. N. Engl. J. Med. 2009, 360 (4), 376–386. (3) Brook, R. D.; Rajagopalan, S.; Pope, C. A.; Brook, J. R.; Bhatnagar, A.; Diez-Roux, A. V.; Holguin, F.; Hong, Y.; Luepker, R. V.; Mittleman, M. A.; et al. Particulate matter air pollution and cardiovascular disease. Circulation 2010, 121 (21), 2331–2378. (4) Ji, W.; Zhao, B. Estimating Mortality Derived from Indoor Exposure to Particles of Outdoor Origin. PLoS ONE 2015, 10 (4), e0124238.


(5) Wallace, L.; Ott, W. Personal exposure to ultrafine particles. J. Expo. Sci. Environ. Epidemiol. 2011, 21 (1), 20–30. (6) Morawska, L.; Afshari, A.; Bae, G. N.; Buonanno, G.; Chao, C. Y. H.; Hänninen, O.; Hofmann, W.; Isaxon, C.; Jayaratne, E. R.; Pasanen, P.; et al. Indoor aerosols: from personal exposure to risk assessment. Indoor Air 2013, 23 (6), 462–487. (7) Klepeis, N. E.; Nelson, W. C.; Ott, W. R.; Robinson, J. P.; Tsang, A. M.; Switzer, P.; Behar, J. V.; Hern, S. C.; Engelmann, W. H. The National Human Activity Pattern Survey (NHAPS): a resource for assessing exposure to environmental pollutants. J. Expo. Anal. Environ. Epidemiol. 2001, 11 (3), 231–252. (8) Chen, C.; Zhao, B. Review of relationship between indoor and outdoor particles: I/O ratio, infiltration factor and penetration factor. Atmos. Environ. 2011, 45 (2), 275–288. (9) Logue, J. M.; Price, P. N.; Sherman, M. H.; Singer, B. C. A method to estimate the chronic health impact of air pollutants in U.S. residences. Environ. Health Perspect. 2012, 120 (2), 216–222. (10) Wallace, L. Indoor sources of ultrafine and accumulation mode particles: size distributions, sizeresolved concentrations, and source strengths. Aerosol Sci. Technol. 2006, 40 (5), 348–360. (11) Asmi, A.; Wiedensohler, A.; Laj, P.; Fjaeraa, A.-M.; Sellegri, K.; Birmili, W.; Weingartner, E.; Baltensperger, U.; Zdimal, V.; Zikova, N.; et al. Number size distributions and seasonality of submicron particles in Europe 2008–2009. Atmospheric Chem. Phys. 2011, 11 (11), 5505–5538. (12) Costabile, F.; Birmili, W.; Klose, S.; Tuch, T.; Wehner, B.; Wiedensohler, A.; Franck, U.; König, K.; Sonntag, A. Spatio-temporal variability and principal components of the particle number size distribution in an urban atmosphere. Atmospheric Chem. Phys. 2009, 9 (9), 3163–3195. (13) Hussein, T.; Puustinen, A.; Aalto, P. P.; Mäkelä, J. M.; Hämeri, K.; Kulmala, M. Urban aerosol number size distributions. Atmospheric Chem. Phys. 2004, 4 (2), 391–411. (14) ANSI/AHRI Standard 680 (I-P) Standard for Performance Rating of Residential Air Filter Equipment. Arlingt. VA 2009. (15) The Home Depot, Air Filters Buying Guide http:// www.homedepot.com/c/air_filters_HT_BG_HC. (16) NordicPure. What are MERV, MPR, FPR Ratings? Nordicpure.com AC & Furnace Filters. (17) Stephens, B.; Siegel, J. A. Comparison of test methods for determining the particle removal efficiency of filters in residential and lightcommercial central HVAC systems. Aerosol Sci. Technol. 2012, 46 (5), 504–513. (18) VerShaw, J.; Siegel, J.; Chojnowski, D.; Nigro, P. Implications of filter bypass. ASHRAE Trans. 2009, 115 (1), 191–198. (19) Fazli, T.; Stephens, B. Characterizing the insitu size-resolved removal efficiency of residential HVAC filters for fine and ultrafine particles. In The Proceedings of the 2016 ASHRAE Winter Conference; Orlando, FL, 2016.

Dr. Brent Stephens is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago, IL. He also directs the Built Environment Research Group at IIT where he and his students continue to investigate problems and solutions related to energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and environmental exposures within the built environment. Dr. Stephens also serves as Secretary of the International Society for Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ), Chair of the ISIAQ Scientific and Technical Committee (STC) 21 on Ventilation, and Member and Research Subcommittee Chair of ASHRAE Technical Committee 2.4 on Particulate Air Contaminants and Particulate Contaminant Removal Equipment. Torkan Fazli is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and a graduate research assistant in the Built Environment Research Group at IIT. She received her M.Sc. in Building Science in 2013 from Middle East Technical University. Her research interests include energy, sustainability, and environmental issues within the built environment. Her work has focused on developing methods of modeling and analyzing energy use and indoor air quality in buildings.

*We encourage you to ship us your new (or used) 16” x 25” filters for testing. Send to: Dr. Brent Stephens Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering Illinois Institute of Technology Alumni Hall Room 228 3201 S. Dearborn Street Chicago, IL 60616

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NAFA Guidelines: Recommended Practices for Filtration for Airborne Infections Containment Rooms in Health Care Facilities

All NAFA Guidelines are written and researched by dedicated volunteers of the Guidelines Committee and has undertaken the task of updating all current NAFA Guidelines and producing two new guidelines each year. The committee is currently working on: Hospitals – Critical and Patient Care Areas; Elder Care and a Residential Guideline. You can find the current published NAFA Guidelines at www.nafahq.org. The Recommended Best Practice for Filtration Infections Containment Rooms in Health Care Facilities was published May 2016. Authors, contributors and committee members:


Authors Bill Palmer, CAFS AeroMed, Inc.

Committee Members Michael Beier, CAFS Products Unlimited, Inc.

Larry Clark, CAFS Clark Air Systems, Inc.

Trey Fly, CAFS, NCT II Joe W. Fly Co., Inc.

Contributors Bill Cawley, CAFS

Roberta MacGillvray B.G.E. Service & Supply Ltd.

Kevin Delahunt, CAFS B.G.E. Service & Supply Ltd.

Steve Peege, CAFS Columbus Industries, Inc.

Paula Levasseur, CAFS Cameron Great Lakes, Inc.


This best practice guideline establishes criteria for using air filtration in the removal of airborne infectious pathogens from hospital containment rooms for the purpose of protecting staff, patients and visitors from nosocomial infections.


This guideline will address air filter selection, hardware requirements, filter installation and service recommendations.


The airborne spread of infectious diseases such as M. tuberculosis in health care facilities has been well documented. One of the primary control measures employed to reduce the risk for the spread of airborne infections is the use of negative pressure rooms and areas1. There are several areas within a hospital where this is applied. They include: •

Bronchoscopy rooms

Sputum induction rooms

Pentamidine administration areas

Jay Reese, CAFS 3M Purification, Inc.

Emergency room (ER) waiting areas

Triage areas

John Liberio, CAFS, NCT II CLARCOR Air Filtration Products

Patrick Rosenthal, CAFS TEX-AIR Filters

ER decontamination areas

Phil Maybee, CAFS, NCT The Filter Man, Ltd.

George Spottswood, CAFS Quality Filters, Inc.

Radiology waiting rooms

Airborne infection isolation rooms (AIIR)

Thomas Riddell, CAFS, NCT II Air Filter Sales & Service

Rick Wells, CAFS Northeast Air Solutions, Inc.

AIIR anterooms

AIIR patient toilet rooms

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Since these rooms all have very similar requirements, we will refer to them by group as Airborne Infection Containment Rooms (AICR). AICRs are maintained under negative pressure for the purpose of preventing potentially infectious airborne particles from leaving the space. Air removed from these spaces to create negative pressure is either exhausted directly to the outside or is filtered prior to exhaust so that airborne infectious contaminants are not spread to other areas of the facility. Current construction guidelines call for AICRs to have from 10-12 air changes per hour (ACH) depending on the classification of the room. (Existing rooms constructed prior to 1994 may have 6 ACH). Filtration of supply air is not covered by this document.

Circulation within ward or to other areas within the facility

Recirculation air

Dedicated exhaust air from an AICR must be exhausted 25 feet or more from a potential air intake. If this cannot be achieved, the exhaust air should be passed through a properly installed, certified and maintained HEPA filtration system. Additional protection may be obtained for service personnel by using a Bag-in / Bagout (BiBo) containment system. All exhaust air from the AICR rooms, associated anterooms and associated toilet rooms shall not be combined with any other non-AICR exhaust system unless filtered through a properly installed, tested in place and maintained HEPA filtration system.

The primary contaminants of concern are sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and ozone. These contaminants are known to chemically attack artifacts, causing permanent, irreversible damage. The type of damage and severity depends upon the amount of contamination and the artifactsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; materials of construction. There may be other molecular contaminants present that are specific to individual applications and/or geographic locations that are not currently thought to be detrimental in LAMs. For example, in new construction, there could be levels of formaldehyde that would require additional controls. Air may be recirculated within the AICR, within an isolation ward or back to the general use areas within the facility if proper high efficiency particulate respirator (HEPA) filters and test procedures are in place. The main benefits of recirculated air are lower energy costs and reduced installation costs. Recirculation of AICR air through a HEPA filter may be achieved with either a permanently mounted system or by using a portable self-contained unit.

In-room recirculation

AICR rooms are required to have 10-12 air changes per hour (ACH) of which two ACH must be outdoor air. The remaining ACH may be achieved as equivalent air changes by using make-up air recirculated within the room through a HEPA filter.


Air may be recirculated to other areas of the facility when exhaust to the outside is not feasible. When recirculating to other areas of the facility, all air must be passed through a HEPA filter that is properly installed, sealed and tested in place.


HEPA filters should always be in-place tested using a cold poly-dispersed challenge, such as Emory Oil or other suitable challenge, and scanned using a light-scattering photometer. Both NAFA and the Controlled Environment Testing Association (CETA) have personnel trained and certified in this discipline and should be utilized for such testing.

Exhaust air

Bag-in/Bag-out containment systems

There is currently on-going debate regarding the validity of the continued practice of using Bag-in/Bag-out (BiBo) containment systems for hospital isolation rooms. BiBo systems have long been used to reduce the possibility of live microorganisms captured on high efficiency filters from becoming airborne during filter changes. The inherent risks associated with contaminated filters, mandates that service personnel who change filters in a BiBo system be properly gowned and safe-guarded with full-face respiratory protection (PPE). The process to change filters is a specific step-by-step procedure designed to ensure the proper installation of high efficiency filters and the protection of service personnel.

Protection for service personnel

Do microorganisms live on high efficiency filters? It may be argued that microorganisms such as TB that were previously thought to live on filters for days, are quickly rendered inactive. Should they no longer be considered hazardous? While it has been stated by researchers that the risk of acquiring TB infection from the process of changing HEPA filters is minimal, the potential harm could be significant. It is recommended that safety measures be taken to protect the technician when changing HEPA filters that service an AICR. One method is to remove HEPA filters from an air handler or air purifier directly into a bag while wearing appropriate PPE such as gloves and a respirator. Another method is to use BiBo filter housings which, when properly serviced, seal filters during the change-out procedure. If upstream and downstream isolation dampers are in place, a third method is to decontaminate or disinfect the filter in place using proven and accepted methods. To date, there is little evidence to support that one method provides a better health or safety outcome than the other in this setting. When planning for new construction or renovations, a health care facilityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) committee should discuss and determine what safety measures they want to employ during the filter changeout process and plan their equipment purchases accordingly. For further guidance on employee health during the filter change-out process, contact your NAFA Certified Air Filter Specialist. At the minimum, 95% dust masks should be worn when changing high efficiency filters. When changing HEPA filters, technicians should always wear full-face respiratory protection (PPE).


Standard AICR

Standard AIIR without ante-room: Stacked black boxes represent patientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bed. Long open box with cross-hatch represents supply air. Open boxes with single, diagonal slashes represent air exhaust registers. Arrows indicate direction of air flow. Illustration from Guidelines for Environmental Infection Control in Health-Care Facilities, Centers for Disease Control, 2003. Negative pressure is achieved by exhausting more air from the room than is supplied. This creates a flow of air into the room that is from clean to dirty (or from low risk of contamination to high risk of contamination). This directional airflow helps prevent potentially pathogenic airborne particles from leaving the space in an unsafe manner. An AICR may or may not include an anteroom and/or a patient bathroom. Please refer to Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI) 2014 construction guidelines for health care facilities for the correct pressure relationships between these and other spaces.

Filter efficiency and selection

Since the number of particles required to cause infection for pathogens such as M. tuberculosis may be as low as one2, it is imperative that filtration solutions employed be capable of removing all potentially infectious particulates. Choosing the wrong filtration solution,


the wrong hardware for filter installation or servicing the filters in an inappropriate manner may lead to dire consequences. HEPA filters have a removal efficiency >99.97% on particles both greater than and less than the 0.3um challenge agent particle size (see most-penetrating particle size information in NAFA Guide to Air Filtration3), making them ideal for removing particles in the respirable particle size range. When filters are properly installed, and in-place performance tested, users can be assured that there is no air by-pass around the filters and that removal efficiency is maintained. HEPA filters used for this application shall be individually certified to have an initial removal efficiency of 99.97% on particles 0.3 um in size, in accordance with industry standards (MIL Std 282, IEST-RPCC1.4). See NAFA Guide to Air Filtration for a complete list of industry standards4. HEPA filters used in AICR applications shall not be constructed with materials that support microbial growth (i.e., wood or particle board frames). In an effort to minimize the expense related to the use of HEPA filters, use of pre-filters upstream to remove larger particles will extend the life of the HEPA filter. When possible, adding a MERV 14 (>90% efficient) filter upstream of the HEPA filter may extend the life of the HEPA filter by as much as 900%5.

Filter hardware

Every part of a HEPA filter system is equally important. Without an appropriate sealing mechanism and a properly contained housing which eliminates bypass, the integrity of the HEPA filter will be compromised. This means that: â&#x20AC;˘ The filter-mounting system must be leak free, rigid and capable of supporting the HEPA filter(s). â&#x20AC;˘ The sealing system that holds the HEPA filter in place must eliminate any possibility of leakage between the filter and the mounting system.

Sealing of HEPA filters

Typically, HEPA filter housings are made to accommodate one of two different types of HEPA sealing mechanisms, gasket seal or fluid seal.

Gasket seals

Gaskets are supplied on the HEPA filters, this provides the advantage of having a new gasket every time the filter is changed. The HEPA filter housing provides a mechanism that will compress the HEPA gasket so that it provides an air-tight seal.

Fluid seals

The fluid seal system is a filter with a channel in the face of the filter frame into which a non-Newtonian gel is loaded. When the filter is installed fully, the knife edge extends into the gel and provides a

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fluid seal. Fasteners are used to hold the filter in place inside the holding frame, but they do not require compression. Please refer to the NAFA Guide to Air Filtration for more detailed information on both gasket and fluid seal HEPA filters. A differential pressure monitoring device should be installed across each filter bank so that proper change out intervals can established.

Filter location

Air that is exhausted from an AICR should be treated as contaminated air. HEPA filters should be installed as close to the point of exhaust as is possible. When designing or installing filter housings, it is imperative to ensure that there are no barriers to service access doors (electrical conduit, piping, duct work, etc.) and that ample room for filter maintenance, preferably the largest filter dimension + 12â&#x20AC;?, is available.

Installation and maintenance of AICR filtration systems

Proper installation, service and maintenance are imperative in order for these systems to perform at desired levels. HEPA filters may easily be damaged in shipment and when handled. To ensure proper performance of the filtration system the following points are considered best practices: Personnel performing this work should be completely trained by a National Air Filtration Association member to be NCT level I certified. All HEPA filters used in an AICR system shall be leak tested in place upon installation, and every 12 months thereafter (reference ISO 14644-1). We also recommend testing the HEPA filters when there is any change or variation in HEPA filtration system that could potentially cause an issue with the HEPA filters, seals or other hardware. Additional consideration may be given to selecting HEPA filters with a perforated grille to protect the filter face from damage from shipping or handling.


Personal protection for filter installation and maintenance

NAFA recommends that you follow the CDC recommendations below when installing, testing or servicing any HEPA filter: Laboratory studies indicate that reaerosolization of viable mycobacterium from filter material (HEPA filters and N95 disposable respirator filter media) is not probable under normal conditions. Although these studies indicate that M. tuberculosis becoming an airborne hazard is not probable after it is removed by a HEPA filter (or other high efficiency filter material), the risks associated with handling loaded HEPA filters in ventilation systems under field-use conditions have not been evaluated. Therefore, persons performing maintenance and replacing filters on any ventilation system that is probably contaminated with M. tuberculosis should wear a respirator in addition to eye protection and gloves6.


(1) CDC 2005 TB guidelines (2) Jacobs, A.L., Infective Dose in Pulmonary Tuberculosis, Tubercle 22(11):266-271, 1941. (3) NAFA Guide to Air Filtration 5th edition, chapter 5, page 5.5 4 NAFA Guide to Air Filtration, 5th edition, chapter 8, page 8.5 (4) Ibid (5) American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists. Industrial ventilation: a manual of recommended practice. 24 ed. Cincinnati, OH: American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists; 2001. (6) CDC 2005 TB Guidelines


American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists. Industrial Ventilation: a manual of recommended practice. 24 ed., American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists; Cincinnati, OH: 2001. Infective Dose in Pulmonary Tuberculosis, Tubercle, Jacobs, A.L., 1941. NAFA Guide to Air Filtration, 5th edition, 2014 TB guidelines, CDC 2005

Filter disposal

Disposal of filters and other potentially contaminated items used in the filter changeout process should be done according to all local, state and federal regulations.


This best practice guideline is provided to give direction for using air filtration for the removal of airborne infectious pathogens in hospital AICRs. This is not meant to be an in-depth guideline on AICR applications. For more detailed information on additional aspects of these applications, please refer to the FGI Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities (2014 edition) or the CDC Guidelines for Preventing the Transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in HealthCare Settings (2005). â&#x2013;


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Our keynote speaker, New York Times bestselling author Sam Gwynne, kicks off the Annual Convention with his presentation, Stonewall Jackson: The First Great Hero of the Civil War. “Jackson is one of the greatest military heroes of all time and his strategic innovations shattered the conventional wisdom of how war was waged; he was so far ahead of his time that his techniques would be studied generations into the future.” You won’t want to miss the scheduled presenters, they are sure to educate! • A Panel Discussion on the Impacts of Consolidation on the Industry moderated by Trey Fly, CAFS, NCT II. Participants are: »» Dave Reaman, CAFS, Vice President of Sales, Marketing Services Inc. »» Dave Heritage, CAFS, Vice President of HVAC Filter Sales, Filtration Group


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From the Executive Director The power of NAFA by Michelle Czosek, CAE

I’ve worked in the association industry for longer than I’m going to mention in this column, and I’m constantly amazed at the “Power of A” – the term used by ASAE to show the reach and impact that associations have on people, the economy, legislation and more.

It’s hard to believe that almost a year has passed since the NAFA transition to AMPED. We’re just weeks away from the annual convention and I know it’s going to be a huge success. As I write this column, I’m sitting in a Starbucks in Salt Lake City, having just attended the opening day of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) 2016 Annual Meeting. This is the one time a year where 5,000 of my association peers and our industry partners descend on a city to exchange ideas and share best practices, all in an effort to help associations and individuals grow and thrive. It’s an experience that rejuvenates me and reminds me how lucky I am to have stumbled (like most association management professionals) into a career that I love.

As a member of NAFA, it’s important that you know what impact associations have and the importance of groups like ours. Below are just some of my favorite statistics from the ASAE website: • The IRS recognized 66,985 trade and professional associations in 2013. • During the 2013 fiscal year, there were 1,524 new applications for 501(c) (6) status. • Membership organizations of all types employed more than 1.3 million in 2013. • Membership organizations generated payroll of nearly $51 billion in 2013. • Associations represent a major piece of the meetings and conventions industry in the U.S. and that industry supports nearly 1.8 million jobs and accounts for $280 billion in direct spending by attendees.

Those are some pretty impressive numbers! What’s even more impressive is the power associations have to connect people like us to others that are engaged in a common business or career, share a mutual interest or are brought together for the good of a mission-driven organization. There’s incredible power in creating a community where we’re supportive of each other and share our knowledge so that everyone has a better chance for success. I’m excited about what lies ahead for NAFA and look forward to sharing what I’ve learned with Terry, so that we can make this association an even stronger and more connected community than it already is. I’d love to hear any ideas you have, too, so please feel free to contact me. I look forward to seeing you soon! ■ Warm regards,

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