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Applying UV Light to Common Disinfectants May Reduce Toxicity, Finds Study

May 3, 2021

The simple application of UVC light—the type of ultraviolet light that's most effective at killing germs—on common disinfectants can make it safer for humans as well as the environment, finds a study. Disinfectants are used to protect against a wide range of viruses and bacteria, including coronavirus.

California City Embraces UV-C Technology for HVAC Systems

April 26, 2021

Ultraviolet light (UV-C) disinfection has emerged as a popular option for facility managers to combat the spread of COVID-19 over the last 14 months.

The city government of Santa Clarita, California, has fully embraced using UV-C to minimize the spread of COVID. The technology is now included in the city-owned buildings’ HVAC systems, either through retrofitting existing systems or when installing new systems.

Earth Day 2021: A Closer Look At New York City’s Water Supply

April 22, 2021

GRAHAMSVILLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – The source of New York City tap water is roughly two hours north of the Big Apple and beyond, nestled in the bucolic countryside of the Catskill mountains, sits the Catskill and Delaware Watersheds, the origin of the “the best water in the world.”

The power of architecture to address public health and environmental crises

April 5, 2021

Two studies by Dorit Aviv, assistant professor of architecture and director of the Thermal Architecture Lab in the Stuart Weitzman School of Design, show how architecture can help create interior spaces that are both COVID-safe and energy efficient.

Compatibility of Aircraft Interior Surfaces with 222 nm Far-UV Light Exposure

March 9, 2021

Evaluation finds mostly superficial effects. To ensure safe air travel, there is a strong interest in using 222 nm Far-UV light to disinfect aircraft interior surfaces. However, the impact of 222 nm Far-UV light exposure on the mechanical properties of aircraft interior materials, as well as their color and appearance, has not been previously evaluated. This is because airplane interior materials are not normally exposed to wavelengths of light that are shorter than 280 nm.

Wells and Enteric disease Transmission (WET) Trial

February 25, 2021

The WET Trial is a well water and children’s health study conducted by researchers at Temple University’s College of Public Health. It is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is currently recruiting families in southeastern Pennsylvania.


February 23, 2021

Ultraviolet (UV) light technology for disinfection has seen a massive surge of interest in 2020. The evidence that UV can be deployed for air and surface treatment on a broad scale to inactivate SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) is new to many and wholly unsurprising to those already working with the technology.

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