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The Digit Group is an American real estate development company that delivers smart city solutions

 

As visionaries and thought leaders in the world smart city technologies indoor air safety and quality has always been a focus.  

The Digit Group plans, designs, builds, and manufactures holistic smart cities, using technology solutions as the basis of its designs. From the tallest of buildings to the smallest of villages, TDG creates smart cities solutions that provide greater security, increased safety, lower energy use, more efficient water management, safe and comfortable transportation, and a better urban experience. Its smart cities solutions have been implemented in China, Southeast Asia, India, the Middle East, Europe, and throughout the U.S. 

“At our core we are technologists. We just happen to work in the disciplines of city planning. architecture, engineering, and project management. Working with MEDformance has allowed us to fully understand how making air safer also improves overall IAQ (Indoor Air Quality). When we looked deeper and started to envision how this layer of nanotechnology integrated with other systems, things got even more exciting. We believe that these capabilities could also save significant energy and cost compared to current air handling practices. We embrace the idea that improving the performance of cities and buildings also improves human performance. We are excited about the  opportunities to apply this technology in the work that we are doing. 

Paul Doherty, AIA, President and CEO, The Digit Group 

This simulation illustrates where and how bioaerosolized pathogens are transmitted, and this is why solutions that are placed at the source of the problem, where people are inside together, are the most effective.
Image of simulation of air and bioaerosolized pathogens in a classroom

There is potential to deliver significant cost benefits associated with air handling practices, even beyond a post COVID-19 world. Given TDG’s body of work, they knew that building owners and managers have worked for decades to make facilities energy efficient, but new guidances to pull huge outdoor air volumes inside more than erase any gains. 

“Early in the pandemic, both the CDC and ASHRAE recommended introducing more clean outdoor air (up to 100
percent) to help dilute the buildup of indoor contaminants. But more recently, the ASHRAE Task Force has
acknowledged the impact of this on both energy use and indoor conditions, particularly humidity.”

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“We have been laser focused on helping our customers, including schools and universities, deal with IDC (Infectious Disease Control) and IAQ.  The Digit Group completely understands the systems that run cites and buildings, so they were able to visualize and quantify the  impacts on those systems. The energy cost for schools is exceeded only by the cost of salaries.  Controlling temperature, contaminants, and humidity when bringing outside air in is expensive.”    

Brad Cleaver, VP Sales, MEDformance

Image of simulation of air and bioaerosolized pathogens in a classroom
U.S. schools spend $6 billion per year on energy, and more than half of that figure goes to heating and cooling air.  

MEDformance and The Digit Group are working together to deliver safer air, cleaner air, and more cost-effectively managed air to the buildings and cites that we work, learn, and play in.

Low-energy plasma coils used for air disinfection