The risk of airborne microbials, exacerbated by poor ventilation and open plan office design, should be considered coming into the cold and flu season.
This article, Perceived Indoor Air Quality and Work Performance was written jointly by CETEC Managing Director, Dr Vyt Garnys and Jahangir Yar Khan, Joint President of Shree Ram Urban Infrastructure Ltd was published in the February edition of Indian Green Building Council Newsletter - Mumbai chapter.
With the recent Morwell coal open cut mine fire leading to high particulate levels, there has been a focus on the health and wellbeing impact of air particles. This recent US study reveals a strong connection between particulate and productivity.
CETEC is delighted to announce that Tony Gillett has joined our growing team as a Senior Consultant. Tony joins the team from Lend Lease where he was a Senior Design Manager. He had been with Baulderstone (now Lend Lease) for eight years having previously been with Brookfield Multiplex and Walters. A qualified architect, Tony brings significant experience to the group, particularly for CETEC’s Design Risk, Project Management, and Materials Selection/Failure service areas.
Wednesday 20 November 2013
The CETEC & Mycometer team will be exhibiting at this year’s Annual Conference and Exhibition of the AIOH. The conference will be at the Hilton Sydney Hotel from Saturday 30 November to Wednesday 4 December. The team will be located in Booth 53. Come to see and learn how the Mycometer & Bactiquant technology can assist you in determining your microbial indoor environmental quality risk, in less than an hour.
In October the Queensland government released the Preliminary Guidelines for Managing
Microbial Water Quality in Health Facilities. CETEC was appointed to the Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) for Queensland Health in June 2013 and along with the other members, the CETEC team have been working on these guidelines. The current guidelines were released in November 2013.
November is National Asbestos Awareness month. This article has links to useful information for everybody including a video from Better Homes and Gardens on what you need to know about Asbestos in your home and a 2012 government published guide: Asbestos: A guide for householders and the general public.
Invitation to CETEC's Brisbane Seminar event being held on October 10 at Level 9 Rooftop - Wesley House, 140 Ann Street Brisbane. There are two seminars being held, firstly: Innovation in Healthcare Facilities and then Productive Buildings.
Following discussion with international researchers in Europe and the US, CETEC would like to introduce the Mycometer® Technology to the Australian market, and will be the exclusive distributor of this rapid microbiological test system within Australia.
This article, written by Jack Noonan and Dr Vyt Garnys of CETEC was published in Facility Perspectives in June. The emergence of green buildings and the emphasis on occupant health and wellbeing are two of the main reasons that many in the property and construction industry know what volatile organic
compounds (VOCs) are, and why their importance is no longer ignored. The facilities manager has an important role in establishing the source of poor indoor air quality issues, particularly those resulting from high VOCs in the indoor environment.
CETEC would like to congratulate the team at The Wesley Hospital for reopening all their hospital services.
CETEC is an external Legionella consultant for The Wesley Hospital in Brisbane and have also recently been appointed as a member of Queensland Health’s Water System Expert Panel.
This article was published The Fifth Estate - 2 July, 2013. A sustainable green community building, The Batesford Community Hub, has proven it is possible to build green as cheaply as regular buildings, City of Monash urban design and architecture manager Charles Nilsen told the recent Making Cities Liveable Conference. Mr Nilsen, along with CETEC marketing and relationship manager Jack Noonan, was speaking on the topic of “a case for healthy, green and affordable community buildings”.
CETEC recommends this US article published online by GreenSource. It discusses new HVAC or BMS technology that lets occupants work with building systems rather than against them, to improve their comfort while reducing energy costs.
CETEC are recognised as leaders in conducting investigations into Legionella outbreaks and assisting property owners and building managers with expert advice to assist in overall crises and long term risk management of cooling tower or potable water delivery system.
CETEC is priviledged to have been invited to be on the panel of 20 experts for the NABERS Indoor Environment Technical Working Group. We look forward to improving the existing tool to meet the needs of all stakeholders.