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What we are
We are independent consultants that specialize in natatorium air and water quality.
Our team has experience evaluating existing natatoriums with chloramine issues, and has decided to double down on that expertise. We have expanded our services to helping professional engineers design indoor pools in the best ways we know how, while keeping budgets in mind. There is a way to properly design a natatorium within a reasonable budget. Our team has advisors from the dehumidification industry, contractors, mechanical engineers, pool service technicians and more. We enlist the help of credible experts whenever needed, because we certainly don't know everything.
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 happen to specialize in indoor swimming pools, and know them better than almost anyone.
Make no mistake, we are not professional engineers or architects, and we do not pretend to be. We do not know more than the professionals we consult for, but we may know more about natatoriums and their design needs. So while we are not engineers ourselves, we help make them look really good on an indoor pool project.
In natatoriums, many design variables fall in a gap between water and air. It is in that gap where we thrive. We communicate between engineers and pool designers, and we make sure the air design matches the pool.
In other words, we know what to look for, and what to avoid.
Why We Exist
Air quality problems–primarily those caused by airborne chloramines–plague indoor pools. We have personal experience in just how miserable indoor pool air 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. Is that supposed to be acceptable?
We are on a mission to eradicate air quality problems from as many natatoriums as we can. Too many swimmers are getting sick, and too many facilities are facing undeserved financial pressure to overcome the corrosive damage of airborne chloramines. We know how to design an air system to control chloramines, and we are here to share that information with design professionals.
The engineer's dilemma
Historically, water and air people point fingers at each other when problems occur, and we intend to stop that. 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.
Consider the extraordinary variables a natatorium has that no other type of room does: moisture loads, evaporation rates, vapor pressure, extreme energy demands, and of course, corrosive airborne contaminants like chloramines. We cannot think of any other type of room quite like it.
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, and IAQ suffers because of it.