Peak Power is teaming up with Ryerson University for an indoor air quality monitoring pilot. We’ve installed the system in one lecture hall on campus that opened for in-class learning this fall. The pilot will run for at least one year to collect data across all seasons.

Protecting the Health of Students and Faculty

While most classes are being offered online, some activities have returned to campus. This staged opening is part of many health and safety protocols the school has put in place. The goal of the pilot is to test whether Peak Insight‘s Indoor Air Quality platform could be rolled out to other campus locations and for Ryerson to acquire data on the quality of the air in their classrooms.

2,000 square foot lecture hall on campus

Peak Power installed sensors in a 2,000 square foot lecture hall on campus. We completed installation before classes started to get a baseline to measure against. Building management will be watching the data closely as students return to class.

Peak Power particulate matter and ozone sensor in lecture hall

Peak Power particulate matter and ozone sensor in lecture hall

Peak Power ambience sensors alongside Ryerson University carbon dioxide sensors

Peak Power ambience sensors alongside Ryerson University carbon dioxide sensors

Building Management Receive Valuable Air Quality Information

The lecture hall uses a state-of-the-art 100% fresh air Dedicated Outdoor Air System (DOAS). While Ryerson does not expect any air quality issues, the monitoring could provide insight on how well the new technology is working. It will also help building management make further improvements. Here are some of the metrics that are monitored and communicated with Ryerson:

  • CO2 levels – this measures whether the level of ventilation is suitable for the amount of people in the space
  • Temperature and humidity levels – these are major factors in how easily viruses can spread
  • Particulate matter and TVOC levels – this measures the density of microbes and chemicals that can lead to allergic reactions and sickness

The platform will recommend actions building management can take to further improve the air quality, such as increasing the amount of fresh air in the space or adjusting the level of filtration.

“Ryerson is a supporter of Canadian tech companies. This as an opportunity to promote and support local innovators. Monitoring air quality is an important step to validate the wellness measures in Ryerson buildings.” says Jean-Francois Landry, Energy Engineering Project Manager, Facilities Management & Development at Ryerson University, “The technology that Peak Power is providing towards meeting this goal is excellent. It is also well aligned with the WELL standard requirement, which Ryerson is looking forward to implementing in the future.”

Peak Power sensor measuring intake air quality

Peak Power sensor measuring intake air quality

LoRaWAN hub in mechanical room

LoRaWAN hub in mechanical room