What we are
We are independent consultants that specialize in indoor swimming pool air and water quality.
Our team has evaluated several hundred existing natatoriums with chloramine issues, and we know what to look for. We now advise owners and design professionals on how to either solve or prevent IAQ problems, while also keeping budgets in mind. There are many ways to design a natatorium with great air quality within a reasonable budget. Our team draws on expertise from dehumidification manufacturers and engineers, architects, general and mechanical contractors, pool builders and designers.
We have the bases pretty well covered for the natatorium niche.
What we're not
We are not professional engineers or designers. Nor are we smarter, more educated, or more experienced than they are. We just specialize in indoor swimming pool air quality.
We do not pretend to know everything. We are just specialists in a small niche: natatoriums. So while we are not engineers ourselves, we help our engineer clients succeed with indoor pool projects.
In natatoriums, many design variables fall in a gap between water and air. It is in that gap where we thrive, as evident in our blog and glossary. Our goal is to make sure the air design matches the pool.
In other words, we know what to look for, and what to avoid.
Air quality problems plague indoor pools. We have personally experienced just how miserable indoor pools can be. Chloramine problems are not rare, either. We have been to swim meets where an Ambulance is idling in the parking lot, just waiting for a swimmer who might need it. It is unacceptable. Too many swimmers are getting sick, and too many facilities are financially pressured to deal with the corrosive damage of airborne chloramines. The chloramine problem can put natatoriums out of business.
The engineer's dilemma
Historically, water and air people point fingers at each other when air problems occur. We formed Chloramine Consulting to serve as a bridge of communication between designers who might otherwise never speak. For healthy air to happen, the air design must match the pool, but how can it match if the air and water people never talk to each other?
Consider the extraordinary variables a natatorium has that no other type of room does: moisture loads, evaporation rates, temperature deltas, vapor pressure, extreme energy demands, and of course, corrosive airborne contaminants like chloramines. Can you think of any other commercial room like that?
The 2011 ASHRAE design handbook has just four (4) pages devoted to indoor swimming pool design (§ 62.1). We have read every page, and of the hundreds of facilities with IAQ problems we have evaluated, almost all of them meet the ASHRAE design guidelines. Too much is open to interpretation. For decades, engineers and architects have continued to miss the crux of the problem, and swimmers are ultimately the ones who suffer from it.
So let's end that.