Green Air Filtration Products From Koch

Green Air Filtration Products From Koch

Koch Green…What does it mean?

How does air filtration fit into the ever-growing “green building” concept? The answer is simple: look for the Koch Green Icon.

Koch Filter Corporation uses the Koch Green Icon to designate products within their line that contribute to a sustainable environment in various ways. Whenever you see the Green Icon, you will know that product meets or exceeds criteria in one or more of the following categories:

  • Earns LEED Points
  • Reduces Energy Costs
  • Extends Filter Lifecycles
  • Conserves Resources
  • Improves Indoor Enviornment Quality

Using the Green Icon is a great way to know exactly which Koch products can be considered “green.”

Reducing Energy Costs

HVAC systems typically account for about 40 percent of a commercial building’s electricity expenses. An HVAC filter’s energy efficiency depends on its pressure drop: the higher the filter’s pressure drop, the more the HVAC system’s motor must work to deliver the required air flow.

Fortunately, the development of improved filter medias has given the industry the technology to produce lower pressure drop filters while maintaining high particle capture efficiencies. Switching to a lower pressure drop filter is one of the easiest changes to make in an effort toward reduction of energy costs.

During the filter selection process, remember that the cost of energy used by filters far outweighs the initial cost of the filter itself – up to 10 times for a standard pleated filter and 5 times for a high efficiency final filter. That is why it is important to take into account the entire lifecycle cost of the filter and not just its initial purchase price.

Air Filtration’s important role in a Green Building/Sustainability Strategy

Air filtration’s impact on Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources and Indoor Environmental Quality is quantifiable and significant. As illustrated below, 75% of the LEED sustainable goals are related to air filtration.

Reducing energy usage is the largest credit component related to air filtration in the LEED rating system, so air filtration selection is of paramount concern.

Healthy Savings

 

One third of the points related to LEED certification involve air filtration and there’s a good reason for that. Building owners and managers can achieve significant reductions in operational costs by choosing the proper air filtration and preventive maintenance schedules for their heating, air conditioning and ventilation (HVAC) systems.

Consider the savings realized by a world-renowned healthcare facility in the southeastern United States, one of the nation’s largest hospital systems. By implementing a comprehensive air filtration plan developed by Koch Filter Corporation, this medical center reduced operating costs and waste generation in its HVAC air handling systems, reduced annual energy consumption, reduced annual filter usage, and achieved an annual savings of over $78,000!

Koch Filter and the medical center utilized a two-part strategy. First, the hospital selected Koch Filter products designed to provide low resistance to airflow (energy savings) and extended filter lifecycles (fewer filter changes, reduction of overall waste). In phase two of the project, the medical center implemented a comprehensive preventive maintenance plan designed to optimize the energy return for each air handling system.

After determining the essential baseline data, Koch Filter Corporation and the healthcare facility monitored the energy usage and air filter lifecycles in selected HVAC systems for a period of five years. The results were significant:

  • Required horsepower in the selected HVAC systems was reduced by 30% annually.
  • Waste disposal volume was reduced by 6400 cubic feet annually.
  • Cumulative savings exceeded $350,000!

About Green Building

The construction and maintenance of buildings can have a profound effect on the environment. Not only do buildings account for a large amount of land, energy and water consumption, they also contribute to the alteration of land and atmosphere. Considering the impact on the environment, reducing the amount of natural resources that buildings consume and the amount of pollution given off is seen as crucial for future sustainability.

Green Building is a collection of practices and techniques intended to reduce and ultimately eliminate the negative impacts of buildings on the environment. Buildings can be made more “green” by using materials and making decisions that positively benefit health, economics and the environment.

To define Green Building and establish a common standard of measurement, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) has developed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system. LEED is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance Green Buildings.

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