Biowall’s Impact on Indoor Air Quality and Energy

EPA Grant Number: SU835730
Title: Biowall’s Impact on Indoor Air Quality and Energy
Investigators: Hutzel, William J , Dana, Michael N , Qu, Ming
Institution: Purdue University
EPA Project Officer: Hahn, Intaek
Phase: II
Project Period: August 15, 2014 through August 14, 2016
Project Amount: $90,000
RFA: P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet - Phase 2 (2014) Recipients Lists
Research Category: P3 Challenge Area - Sustainable and Healthy Communities , Sustainable and Healthy Communities

Objective:

This project will develop and evaluate a pre-commercialization version of a Biowall, which is a botanical air filter that leverages the natural ability of plants to metabolize Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) and improve indoor air quality in buildings.

Approach:

The project will develop and evaluate a Biowall in a laboratory setting during the first year of the project and then move it to a building for a field demonstration during year two.

Expected Results:

The Biowall will be an aesthetically pleasing addition to a building, but will also improve indoor air quality. The device has the potential for saving money and energy by reducing the need for outdoor air ventilation that is costly to heat and cool.

Supplemental Keywords:

carbon activated filter, energy recovery ventilator, HVAC

Relevant Websites:

Phase 1 Abstract
Phase 1 Final Report

Progress and Final Reports:

  • 2015
  • Final

  • P3 Phase I:

    Biowall’s Impact on Indoor Air Quality and Energy  | Final Report