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National Geographic Uses Air Filtration in Bid To Be an Energy, Environmental Leader

One-of-a-Kind Technology Earns an Innovation Point as a Stand-Alone Product

LOUISVILLE, Colo., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Geographic Society has used a one-of-a-kind air filtration technology in a bid to be re-certified as a national leader in energy efficiency and environmental design.

The technology, manufactured by StrionAir of Louisville, Colo., has helped National Geographic earn three points for its LEED-EB 2.0* re-certification application for its three-building, 850,000 sq. ft. complex in Washington, D.C. One of the points is an Innovation Credit that the air filtration technology earned as a stand-alone product.

Richard Neal, chief engineer at the Society, said, "No other air filtration technology could have helped us earn three points and none could have achieved what the StrionAir technology has accomplished."

Aaron Ayer, P.E., and StrionAir vice president of marketing, said, "The USGBC**'s recognition that our electrically enhanced air filtration technology merits an Innovation Credit as a stand-alone product is huge. It showcases our technology's role in helping achieve building sustainability and preserving the environment."

In the re-certification application, Neal reported, "This new filtration system uses a combination of technologies that reduces filtration pressure drops and HVAC fan energy substantially, removes more airborne particulates, and actively kills airborne germs."

The system exceeds the required MERV 13 standard, achieving IEQ 5.1 (Reduced Particulate in Air Distribution), contributed substantially to IEQ credit 9 (Contemporary IAQ Practices) and, by itself, earned an IUOM Credit 1 (Innovation in Upgrades, Operations and Maintenance) point. The LEED Application Certification Review Committee notified Neal of the awarded points in a November, 2008 Preliminary Review of Application.

The StrionAir system was one of a number elements recognized by LEED in the Society's request for points for Contemporary IAQ Practices. It is the sole contributor to the Innovation point. Innovation points are more typically earned only with a combination of environmentally sensitive improvements for existing buildings, emphasizing the breadth of the impact of StrionAir products.

The Society installed the StrionAir system after earning a Silver rating in 2004 under a pilot program for existing buildings. The complex was the first project to be certified under the LEED for Existing Buildings Rating System.

For more information on how StrionAir systems can help earn LEED points, call Ayer at 303-926-5687 or email

* LEED: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

** U.S. Green Building Council

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