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Please use the revolving door

By maxwell edison ·
I'm doing some contract work for a company that resides in a building that has a main entrance revolving door. It's not a huge revolving door, but is divided into quarters, each of which will accommodate only one person. And if that person has a couple of things in tow (for example, a laptop computer slung over a shoulder and another item carried by hand), it's kind of cramped; but it's not restricting. On either side of that revolving door is a standard hinged door, on which is the sign that clearly requests, Please use the revolving door.

Being in the building design industry (as I have been for 30+ years), the reason to me is obvious. A revolving door is an energy conservation item. It helps keep energy from escaping the building, whether that energy be heating in the winter or air conditioning in the summer. As such, I always use the revolving door.

I recently parked myself on a bench outside the front of that building, eating my lunch and making some cell phone calls. I noticed that very few people actually used the revolving door, even though the signs requesting to do so were clearly displayed. I might estimate that only one in ten people actually used the revolving door.

Do people have a problem with revolving doors? Do they not realize their real function? Do they refuse to use them just because it was specifically requested?

P.S. Isn't that a great title for a discussion?

What did you really think you were getting into when you clicked on it?

And how many of those people who refuse to use the revolving door are environmental loonie tunes?

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You had to be there

by The 'G-Man.' In reply to maybe this should be chan ...
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sorry I missed the original context (nt)

by bergenfx In reply to You had to be there
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I thought you were talking about ejecting unwanted posters from TR

by AV . In reply to Please use the revolving ...

Like the Obama spammer. Almost a take on "don't let the door hit you in the A** on the way out".

Its a great title for a discussion because everyone has their own interpretation. I never thought it was really about revolving doors.

I personally don't like them. I use them if they're there and to be honest with you, I think the hermetically sealed buildings could use a little fresh air anywhere they can get it. I never really thought about why they are there, but now that I know, I'm going to use the standard hinged door.

Forget about saving energy. The air in most of the hermetically sealed, energy saving buildings is absolutely toxic and full of germs. If I use the standard hinged door, I'm doing everyone a favor by letting in some fresh air.

I guess I'm one of those environmental loonie tunes, but as a person that works in one of those sealed up, toxic environments, I'm sick of breathing the same old stale, germ-filled air for years.


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"...hermetically sealed buildings could use a little fresh air ..."

by maxwell edison In reply to I thought you were talkin ...

They actually do get fresh air - and plenty of it. Outside air is pumped in, and then either heated or cooled, depending on the temperature. Ventilation is also designed into the system.

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Yes, but companies don't clean the vents

by AV . In reply to "...hermetically sealed b ...

It all looks good on paper, but any company I've ever worked for doesn't clean the vents. The vents have a buildup of years of germs.


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by santeewelding In reply to Yes, but companies don't ...
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by AV . In reply to Like

Just like that.


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Best way to catch that

by seanferd In reply to Like

is to not put washer fluid into the reservoir, but to use plain water to wash your windscreen.

You know, aside from stagnant water around HVAC systems and the like.

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Sorry, but I have to disagree

by maxwell edison In reply to Yes, but companies don't ...

Using outside air as the main source, which is standard design procedure - regardless of whether the vents are being cleaned or not - is the relevant factor. Fresh air or recycled air both go through the same filters. Buildings use fresh air. Airliners, on the other hand, ........... ??????

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It doesn't work

by AV . In reply to Sorry, but I have to disa ...

The fresh air comes in, but people sneezing, coughing, etc., adheres to surfaces in the vents and it isn't filtered out. It collects on vents and spreads throughout the building if it dislodges. Its a flaw in the system design, I think.

That might explain why sickness spreads so easily in hermetically sealed buildings. There is no way to get away from it. Its airborne.


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