Each of Our 1,400+ Buildings Performs Differently
We have over 1,400 buildings on the Davis campus and they perform well. However, each building performs differently based on its age, the equipment in the building and critical human factors.
"It Smells Smokey in Here..."
A common complaint Facilities receives during a smoke event is that the air in a customer’s building smells smoky. Indoor air will commonly smell of smoke during a wildfire event, but when we test it, we find it’s consistently better (i.e., containing lower particulate matter) than being outdoors.
We also can't stress enough the importance of keeping doors and windows closed when it's smoky outdoors.
Facilities' Role During a Smoke Event
Facilities is responsible for maintaining critical air-conditioning and ventilation systems throughout the year. Their teams are incredibly busy on hot and smoky days:
- Monitoring HVAC performance
Many of our buildings have air conditioning and ventilation systems and we monitor their operation during an event.
- Recirculating indoor air
Wherever we can, we recirculate indoor air. This isn’t possible in some spaces, like a laboratory, which require fresh (i.e., outdoor) air.
- Replacing air filters during smoke events
We replace air filters on a schedule throughout the year, but may need to swap them sooner during prolonged smoke events.