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Indiana Colleges and Universities can Ramp Up Sustainability Goals with High Efficient Air Filtration

High efficient air filtration from Dynamic Air Quality Solutions, offered by Lumin-Air in Indiana, can play a significant role in enhancing sustainability for higher education institutions across various dimensions as evaluated by the Sustainable Campus Index (SCI) and measured through the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). Below is an in-depth analysis of how Dynamic’s air filtration solutions impact 12 of the 17 key sustainability impact areas identified by the SCI.

Air and Climate

Key Impact: Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Improvement in Indoor Air Quality

  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Dynamic filters are less restrictive to air flowing through HVAC systems, which reduces power requirements. HVAC is the largest user of power in commercial buildings and fan energy is 30-40% of HVAC energy. Lower power consumption results in a smaller carbon footprint for heating and cooling operations, directly lowering greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Indoor Air Quality: Dynamic filters are very effective at maintaining high quality indoor air even during adverse outdoor conditions, such as wildfire smoke.


Key Impact: Maintenance Optimization and Contributions to Green Building Standards

  • Maintenance and Operations: By reducing particulate buildup in air handling equipment, Dynamic systems decrease the maintenance needs for existing buildings and extend life of fans and motors. Dynamic filters hold considerably more contaminants than typical filters which reduces the frequency of filter changes by a factor of 10-20.
  • New Building Design: Dynamic systems contribute to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) points, which are crucial for green building certification and improving the sustainability credentials of new constructions.

Diversity and Affordability

Key Impact: Financial Savings and Affordability in Higher Education

  • Cost Reduction: With a return on investment (ROI) of 25-30%, these filtration systems lower operational costs. These savings can potentially be redirected to reduce the overall cost of education, thereby enhancing affordability and access to higher education for a more diverse student body.


Key Impact: Significant Energy Savings in HVAC Operations

  • Energy Reduction: HVAC systems are major energy consumers in buildings, and fans specifically account for 30% – 40% of HVAC energy usage. Dynamic’s air cleaning technology can cut fan energy consumption by 25%, leading to substantial overall energy savings for the institution. This efficiency allows for more effective use of investments in clean and renewable energy sources.

Investment and Finance

Key Impact: Sustainable Investment with Long-term Returns

  • Sustainable Investment: The longevity and efficiency of Dynamic filtration systems make them a sustainable investment. They reduce the need for frequent replacement of filter media by a factor of 10-20 and typically pay for themselves within 4-7 years, making them an attractive long-term financial investment for institutions.

Public Engagement

Key Impact: Enhanced Reputation and Community Leadership

  • Community Leadership: Achieving high sustainability ratings, such as Gold in the SCI, attracts students and positions the university as a leader in community sustainability. Dynamic’s role in this achievement enhances the institution’s reputation and engagement in sustainability initiatives.


Key Impact: Sustainable Procurement Practices

  • Life Cycle Analysis: The purchase of Dynamic’s air cleaning products can be evaluated through a life cycle analysis, showcasing their cost-effectiveness, labor savings, energy reductions, and landfill waste minimization. This aligns with the sustainable purchasing policies and practices encouraged by STARS.


Key Impact: Support for Sustainability Research

  • Research Initiatives: As Dynamic’s local representative in Indiana, Lumin-Air can include capabilities for air monitoring, airflow measurement, pressure differential, and energy consumption tracking in their projects. These features support universities in conducting research to confirm the effectiveness and savings of upgraded filtration systems, fostering innovation and knowledge in sustainability practices.


Key Impact: Air Quality Improvement in Campus Transportation

  • Air Quality on Buses: Lumin-Air Transit systems are installed in thousands of metro transit and school buses, improving air quality in these densely packed environments. This is crucial for the health of the campus community, especially where outdoor air circulation is limited.


Key Impact: Drastic Reduction in Filter Waste

  • Waste Minimization: Conventional filtration systems generate significant waste, contributing about 3.3 cubic feet of waste per thousand square feet of campus annually. Dynamic’s filters reduce this by 95%, down to just 0.15 cubic feet of waste, significantly minimizing the environmental impact of waste disposal.


Key Impact: Indirect Water Savings through Energy Reduction

  • Water Use Reduction: By lowering the energy consumption of HVAC systems, Dynamic’s solutions reduce the reliance on energy sources that require significant water for cooling processes. This indirectly contributes to water conservation efforts associated with energy production.

Wellbeing and Work

Key Impact: Enhancement of Health and Wellness on Campus

  • Health and Wellness: The improvement of air quality by removing airborne contaminants such as viruses and particulate matter directly impacts the health and wellbeing of students, faculty, and staff. This is critical for minimizing the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID-19 and the flu, fostering a healthier campus environment.
Dynamic Air Quality Solution’s air filtration significantly contributes to the sustainability objectives that are outlined by the SCI and evaluated through STARS. Their high-efficiency filtration systems not only enhance operational efficiency and reduce environmental impact but also support the broader goals shared by colleges and universities of affordability, health, and community engagement. By addressing multiple impact areas, they help institutions advance towards a more sustainable and resilient future.