There had been so many retrofits and extensions added to the ventilation system at Nemours Children’s Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida that engineers weren’t sure where their airflow problems were coming from. What they did know was that negative pressure and inadequate ventilation throughout the 30+-year-old building could support the spread of nosocomial infections. Their first steps in taking control of the situation was to seal the leaks in the exhaust shafts located on each floor and then seal the main shaft running down the length of the 11-story building.
HVAC Contractors: Carrier Corporation
Aeroseal Contractors: Aeroseal Southeast
Type: 11-story outpatient medical facilities
Before Aeroseal: Total system leakage: 4,912 CFM*
After Aeroseal: Total system leakage: 723 CFM
Results: 85% reduction in leakage.
Aerosealing the entire children’s clinic took less than 30 days to complete. The difference it made to the efficiency of the exhaust system was immediate and obvious. With the ductwork effectively sealed from the inside, engineers were able to accurately analyze the system and upgrade it with regulating dampers and other flow-adjusting technologies. Now the building’s exhaust system is optimized at all times. The bottom floors are as well ventilated as those on the top. Most importantly, the air being exhausted is coming from the rooms and common areas that need it; contaminated air is being removed from the building. As an added bonus, the clinic is able to run its exhaust fan at a fraction of the power that was previously needed, saving the clinic substantially on its energy costs.