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water purification system

“Water, water every where, nor any drop to drink.”

Having easy access to water, yet it not being totally safe to consume isn’t reserved just for those at sea like the old sailor says in this line from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

A lot of the water that comes out of faucets in our office buildings can be full of impurities. Now, this isn’t to say the tap water in our buildings in undrinkable, but it can be made much cleaner and, therefore, healthier.

But how does water get impurities? And how do we get them out?

Water makes up about two-thirds of our planet. It touches everything as it precipitates and evaporates, infiltrates and condenses. As it passes through air, rock, and everything in between, water picks up things: minerals, molecules, microorganisms, viruses, and a myriad of other hitchhikers.

Some of these things are very good for our bodies, but many of them are harmful and, potentially, fatal.

The International WELL Building Institute’s WELL program has plumbing design recommendations to minimize the transmission of viruses in the workplace. The goal is to remove impurities by strategically using a building’s plumbing design to deliver cleaner water and contribute to a healthier workplace.

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Light color temperature scale

The sun rises in the morning and so do our eyelids. At night, the sun sets and we get tired and go to sleep. In between, the sun arcs across the sky—its light interacting with our atmosphere at different angles. The result is a wide range of light intensities and color temperatures.

The 24-hour day governs almost all life on Earth. For many animals, including humans, it sets the internal body clock—biochemical mechanisms inside the body, also called the circadian clock. [Circadian coming from the Latin circa diem (about a day).]

This circadian clock regulates all our body processes by anticipating such things as light and other external factors. Perhaps it’s a holdover from our past, where our bodies were prepping themselves to be the most efficiently prepared hunters and gatherers and inventors and survivors.

Regardless of exactly why it exists (scientists are still trying to riddle out the exact “why”), our internal clocks tick away, and our bodies respond.

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Enhanced mechanical design to help fight the spread of illness

How a building is designed not only reflects a vision for the exterior and the function of the interior, but also has a major impact on the health of the people working inside. The International WELL Building Institute’s WELL program has recommendations on design technology that can be applied to minimizing the transmission of viruses […]

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University of Pittsburgh Philippine Nationality Room Renovation

The Philippine Nationality Room is the first room to be dedicated since 2015. If you go to the Philippine Nationality Room at the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning, you will be in the past and the future all at once. Crafted to look like a Filipino classroom from the 1890s, this thirty-first addition to […]

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