During the Christmas break, Christian Brothers College High School completed an upgrade to our school building’s HVAC system. Through the support and generosity of the Christian Brothers of the Midwest District, CBC installed a Needlepoint Bi-polar Ionization (NPBI) system in the academic wing side of the school building.
The system is designed to clean indoor air by reducing airborne particulates, odors, and pathogens, including COVID-19. Below is a concise summary from the website of the manufacturer of how the technology actually works.
“GPS’ NPBI technology safely cleans indoor air. This patented technology produces a high concentration of positive and negative ions, delivering them to the space via the ventilation system. Within the air stream, ions attach to particles, where they combine, become larger and are more easily filtered from the air. When ions come in contact with pathogens, they disrupt the pathogens’ surface proteins, rendering them inactive.”
The technology has been recently installed in the buildings at many prominent universities, companies, and government buildings (including The White House).
As CBC moves into the future (post-COVID-19), the system will also be beneficial in cleaning our indoor air and fighting against other pathogens, such as influenza. But, in the short-term, this system will hopefully help make the air in our classrooms cleaner (and healthier) as we continue to live in a COVID-19 world.