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August 2009
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Located in the Boston suburbs, Magical Beginnings is a family-owned and operated childcare center that knows firsthand how good indoor air quality can reduce absenteeism and create a healthy learning environment.  Nearly a decade ago, teachers and students were experiencing colds, asthma, and flu at high rates. School owners took a proactive stance to reduce absenteeism by reconfiguring their air conditioning system and installing Dynamic Air Cleaners. Presto! Magical Beginnings became a remarkable indoor haven for children and staff.

Carl Mitchell, Vice-President Sales
Case Study - Magical Beginnings Childcare Center

Walk into Magical Beginnings Childcare Center and you'll be breathing easier

Drew Wood, asthma project coordinator for Kids IAQ, an Indoor Air Quality Research Collaboration member, has been an advocate of Dynamic Air Quality Solutions for over twelve years.  Over that time Wood has developed scores of IAQ study intervention programs with asthma children around the country.  His work with Magical Beginnings started in March, 2001 when he was working with an environmental health research scientist at Harvard University School of Public Health, and whose children attended Magical Beginnings.  Drew was asked to visit the center and recommend ways in which they might improve air quality and to perhaps help prevent the colds and flu that his children were frequently bringing home-a condition typical in almost any school or preschool.  The school had been recently recognized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as one of the top day care facilities in Massachusetts, based on cleanliness, management, and curriculum. 

Wood met with Arthur LaBrie, an owner of Magical Beginnings.  Wood explained to LaBrie how high efficiency air filtration could provide a much better level of indoor air quality and how an effective filtration system could help to reduce the flu and colds that had caused a high absentee rate at the school.  In addition, it was likely that improved IAQ could prevent children with asthma from experiencing symptoms that frequently led to asthma attacks requiring the use of nebulizers. Wood further explained to LaBrie that all the occupants of the school building could experience a feeling of well-being, free of cleaning product odors and sub-micron particulates which are the cause of respiratory system irritation, including airborne bacteria, viruses and VOCs.
Wood provided LaBrie with a Dynamic CT-500 console air cleaner on the condition that he install it in his own bedroom, sleep with it on for a week, and see if he and his wife noticed an improvement in their well being and quality of sleep.  The next week LaBrie, an asthma sufferer, was so impressed that he immediately installed the Dynamic Air Cleaner in the Infant Care Section at Magical Beginnings.  Of the eight infants in the center, three often required nebulizers.  Weeks passed without symptom responses that required nebulizers.

LaBrie was sold on IAQ.  He promptly followed Woods' recommendations and purchased commercial HEPA vacuums, a rug shampoo machine, and replaced cleaning products with only "green" cleaning products.  Today, Magical Beginnings remains an immaculate child care center catering to infants, toddlers, and pre-school children. 
According to La Brie, the children and staffers are better protected from airborne illnesses at school than they are in their own homes. He cites examples of children arriving with asthma and/or other respiratory impairment symptoms of some sort and after 20-30 minutes in this "magical" environment their symptoms disappear!  Staffers have echoed the sentiment. 
Wood recently took prospective clients to Magical Beginnings for a tour of the three-story facility. As they were leaving the facility, one commented, "I've never before been in a room with seven babies without smelling a single odor."
System Configuration: Retrofitting the Dynamic Air Cleaning System

In 2001, the Magical Beginnings building was heated by baseboard radiant hot water and had only limited air conditioning in the main interior rooms only for the summer's hottest weather. No mechanism existed to provide complete air circulation within the building and there was no fresh air intake mechanism available. The facility was fully carpeted, and all rooms had access to hallways with doors kept closed for fire code compliance. The challenge was how to re-circulate and filter the air within the interior spaces.  Unfortunately this type of installation which does not lend itself to central filtration is common in older commercial buildings including many schools and other public buildings.
The solution involved extending the supply ducts near each doorway, through the ceiling above and into the hallway above. A return register was installed in the first floor hallway wall adjacent to the air handler. A fresh air intake was installed on an exterior wall near the air handler.  Lastly, the center was encouraged to run the fan before, during, and after the center was open.
One inch Dynamic Polarized-Media Electronic Air Cleaners are installed in the return grilles on the first and second floors of the center.  There are four Dynamic CT-500 console units in the largest rooms, each providing extra air changes with filtration, and one CT-500 in the Infant Care Section to provide even more air changes per hour. The combined filtration mechanisms provide the infants with a higher level of protection, and this achieved remarkable results. The three babies that had required nebulizers during the day to alleviate asthma symptoms no longer required the frequent use of nebulizers.
For additional information, contact Drew Wood at Drew@KidsIAQ.org, or Linda Hassapis at MagicalBegin@yahoo.com.
Visit us at Greenbuild International

Dynamic Air Quality Solutions Booth # 5248
The USGBC Greenbuild International Conference and Expo is heading to the American Southwest, a region with unique environmental and social challenges and opportunities, and the imperative is clear: Green building can and must come home to all people, boosting the quality of life on main streets across the country and around the world.  To learn more about the premier "green" conference, visit us at the Phoenix Convention Center, November 10-12, 2009.  For more information, visit www.greenbuildexpo.org.
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Please let us know about your unique applications
If you have a unique Dynamic Air Cleaner application or installation, we would love to hear about it. Please let us know by dropping a line to Rob Goodfellow at rgoodfellow@DynamicAQS.com.
Visit Us in Nashville at Comfortech 2009

Dynamic Air Quality Solutions Booth #634
We are just a few short months away from the 2009 HVAC Comfortech Expo which will be held again this year at the Nashville Convention Center, September 23-26, 2009.  Nashville and Comfortech have been a great combination in the past and this year should be no exception. Be sure to drop in to see us at Booth # 634. 
New Representation in Manitoba
Dynamic Air Quality Solutions is pleased to announce that PRAIRIE HVAC Inc. is our newly appointed manufacturer's representative handling the commercial market in the Canadian province of Manitoba. The experienced mechanical sales staff at Prairie HVAC has a solid background in HVAC systems and strong contacts in the mechanical engineering community.  Prairie HVAC works with building owners, mechanical engineers, and contractors to optimize energy savings with innovative products like Dynamic Air Cleaners. For more information, visit www.prairiehvac.com or contact:
Paul Amsler, AScT - Director of Sales
Tel:  1-204-257-4822
Fax:  1-204-256-6101
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