SPECIAL ‘ozone luminaires’ have been installed in a Birmingham office to protect the employees from bacteria and airborne viruses.
The FUZONE500 fittings from Future Designs – which use the natural properties of Ozone (O3) to eliminate up to 99.99% of pathogens without direct contact with the treated areas – were included in the £1.6 million refurbishment of 148 and 154 Great Charles Street in Birmingham’s central business district.
Both buildings, which are being let by CBRE and Colliers, provide modern office accommodation across nine floors, with 148 offering stylishly refurbished office suites.
Unlike ultraviolet light, FUZONE 500 can be operated whilst premises are fully occupied, to guarantee that a space is being cleaned 24 hours a day, seven days a week, says the firm.
The product has been developed to produce an ozone level no greater than 0.04ppm enabling the system to be operated continuously whilst the premises are occupied.
The system will not operate above this level which is 25 per cent lower than the base line threshold value issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO) which states that guideline threshold values for O3 for health protection are between 0.05-0.06ppm.
Some versions of FUZONE500 use sealed ultraviolet lamps operating at two different wavelengths to create Photolytic Oxidation, a combination of photolysis and ozonolysis.
Organic molecules such as viruses, bacterias and mould are broken down and sterilised by direct exposure to ozone (O3), which generates cold incineration of the molecules ending in a completely safe oxidation process, free of volatile compounds.
The ultraviolet light and ozone technology keeps air and surfaces continuously disinfected by re-circulating ‘compromised’ air and directly exposing it to ultraviolet light inside the unit, destroying unwanted viral, bacteria, pollen, fungi, mould and other airborne particulates.
The technology can be integrated in the company’s own product portfolio or adapted to suit all other existing lighting systems within commercial, educational, retail, healthcare, hospitality and residential sectors.