The New Standard

Read our thoughts on UV-C disinfection & healthier buildings.

  • R-Zero Named to Forbes’ 2022 Next Billion-Dollar Startups List

    As humans, we spend 90% of our lives indoors. Yet for decades, the built environment has been optimized for energy efficiency, instead of people. And while society has made strides in ensuring the water we drink and the food we eat is safe — the indoor air we breathe 18-20,000 times per day has long

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  • Monkeypox: What does the science say?

    We’ve all seen the news coverage: Monkeypox (MPV) is on the rise. But what does the science say about transmission risk? Which public settings are in the greatest danger of community spread?  What is monkeypox? As of August 10, 2022, there were over 32,000 cases of monkeypox worldwide. This is the first global outbreak of

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  • A Study in UV-C Success & Building a SHIELD of Long-Term Care

    Among the most vulnerable citizens in the U.S. and worldwide, our senior population was the hardest hit group during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the CDC and other organizations, seniors aged 65 and older account for nearly 75% of COVID-19 deaths thus far. This staggering statistic has caused many care centers to reevaluate their cleaning

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  • Autonomous Disinfection for Senior Care Facilities

    The time for senior care facilities to consider new methods of disinfection is here. Actually, it has been here for nearly three years due to the rapid spread of the COVID-19 and its variants. As with many other viruses, the SARS-CoV-2 virus has mutated to create altered versions of itself. In order to successfully mutate,

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  • Senior Care Facilities Need the Healthy Buildings Movement

    Since the announcement by the Biden administration focusing on clean air in buildings as part of their National Covid Strategy, interest in the Healthy Buildings movement has picked up momentum. The growing understanding of the need for buildings to provide more than shelter for businesses and families is becoming a topic of frequent conversation. From

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  • How UV-C Can Benefit Senior Care Facilities

    How UV-C Can Benefit Senior Care Facilities

    Challenges for Senior Care Providers Over the past two years, senior care facilities have struggled with difficult challenges and hard-fought battles. They’ve endured challenges to their reputations and their credibility at the deepest level. But why has this particular segment of the healthcare industry received so much attention? The most apparent reason lies with the

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  • Let’s Clear the Air: UV-C and HVAC

    The idea of healthy buildings (and how HVAC systems contribute to them) existed for decades before the outbreak of the pandemic. But only in recent years did it become the rallying cry for many different sectors. The White House announcement this spring about the launch of the Clean Air in Buildings Challenge represents a call

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    How the Pandemic Positioned Healthy Buildings as a Public Health Imperative

    Discussions about healthy buildings are becoming increasingly relevant in conversations about changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout history, wars, famines, plagues, and natural disasters have all challenged the human species. At every turn, humans have proven their adaptability, problem-solving abilities, and determination not only to survive but to grow, learn, and emerge better

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    Public Health and Technology to Promote Healthy Buildings

    At the 2022 South by Southwest (SXSW) conference, R-Zero’s CEO, Grant Morgan, moderated a panel discussion entitled “Public Health – Tech is Coming for You.” The esteemed panel featured the following participants: Dr. Joseph G. Allen, professor at Harvard’s TH Chan School of Public Health Dr. Elie F. Berbari, Chair of the Mayo Clinic Division

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  • Why Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) & Indoor Environmental Health Matter

    The past ten days have brought exciting and potentially revolutionary changes to national health. The U.S Environmental Protection Agency released the Clean Air in Buildings Challenge, a set of guiding principles and call to action to reduce risks from airborne viruses and other contaminants indoors for better indoor air quality. This initiative, which is part

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  • UV-C disinfection for healthcare

    Q&A on UV-C Disinfection for Healthcare and Non-Healthcare Settings

    On March 9, 2022, R-Zero hosted a webinar to explore UV-C disinfection for healthcare with two of the nation’s leading UV-C experts: Dr. Edward Nardell, a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Dr. David Brenner, Director of the Columbia University Center for Radiological Research. Dr. Nardell and Dr. Brenner presented on upper room

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  • Webinar - Disinfecting Using Ultraviolet Radiation to Advance Environmental Safety in Healthcare

    Ultraviolet Radiation Disinfection to Advance Healthcare Environments

    On Wednesday, March 9, 2022, R-Zero hosted a webinar entitled, “Disinfection Using Ultraviolet Radiation to Advance Environmental Safety in Healthcare.” The webinar featured Dr. Edward Nardell and Dr. David Brenner. These two UV experts provided a compelling, in-depth look at the history, safety, science, and efficacy behind UV-C disinfection in public spaces. Dr. Edward Nardell,

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  • R-Zero and Science-Backed Efficacy

    COVID-19 has caused regular people to pay more attention to science-backed efficacy. COVID has also changed the way we communicate, how we work, how we educate, how we protect, and how we live. Prior to the onset of the pandemic, the health of indoor spaces received minimal consideration. As the pandemic progressed, human-to-human interaction in

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  • "Keeping Schools Open" banner with a little girl wearing a mask in a classroom while holding a pen.

    Keeping Schools Open: A Discussion About Mitigating Learning Loss

    On Monday, January 24th, R-Zero hosted a webinar discussion about navigating the risks associated with keeping schools open. This challenging issue has forced the public education system to confront the social and educational consequences associated with learning disruptions during the global pandemic.  Moderated by R-Zero Co-founder and CEO, Grant Morgan, the webinar featured former U.S.

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  • Classroom for ESSER Funding Blog Post

    How ESSER Funding Can Help Future-Proof Your School

    Since the COVID pandemic began in March 2020, the U.S. government has provided Elementary & Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds. The complex funding program supports schools in the fight against coronavirus. With over 4,600 U.S. schools closed due to Omicron during the first week of 2022, spending ESSER funding to avoid learning disruptions and

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  • Jeff Wagner, R-Zero's GM of Education

    R-Zero’s Jeff Wagner on the Built Environment & People

    R-Zero is proud to announce that built environment expert Jeff Wagner, former Chief of Facilities for Clark County School District in Nevada, has joined the team as General Manager of Education. As a trained architect and former college professor, Jeff brings a wealth of experience regarding the impact of the built environment on people-performance. Before

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  • Man in blue gloves cleaning and disinfecting with chemicals

    Cleaning and Disinfecting with Chemicals: What to Know

    Cleaning and disinfecting with chemicals such as bleach have been go-to methods since the start of the last century. Chemical products are often inexpensive and convenient cleaners used in organizations, public facilities, and people’s homes. Recently, bleach and other chemical disinfection methods have been an integral part of disinfecting surfaces during the pandemic, helping curb

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  • Arc UV-C Device in Corporate Office

    UV-C Disinfection: A Secret Weapon for Shared Space Protection

    According to renowned Harvard researchers, by the time we reach 80, we will have spent 72 years of our lives indoors. This staggering fact means that healthy indoor environments and indoor air quality (IAQ) matter. Furthermore, facilities leaders responsible for the indoor spaces where we spend our time play an instrumental role in stewarding our

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    R-Zero Acquires CoWorkr to Advance Indoor Health and Productivity

    By Grant Morgan, CEO and Co-Founder In the introduction to their influential 2020 book Healthy Buildings: How Indoor Spaces Drive Performance and Productivity, Joseph G. Allen and John D. Macomber describe the multidisciplinary pursuit of healthier indoor spaces as “the greatest untapped business and health opportunity of our time.” Today, R-Zero is significantly advancing the

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  • 79% of americans value health over work after pandemic

    Survey Finds Major Shift in Employee Mindset: Health Over Productivity

    And 91% Say Employers are Responsible for Health Experience brings both renewed priorities and new expectations. While it’s clear there will be new priorities and expectations from the employee-employer relationship, there has been much uncertainty from organizations as to what those are.  In April, R-Zero partnered with The Harris Poll to survey office workers across

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    New Technologies for Returning to the Workplace

    by Scott Rhymes, The ABD Team When a social norm as common as a handshake may go the way of the Dodo bird, new expectations are bubbling to the surface that will influence how we reduce the spread of communicable diseases into the future. The pandemic has taught society, employers, and employees a lot about

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  • An ARC UV-C disinfection system standing in the middle of an empty office and professional workplace.

    How CANOPY is Creating a Healthy Return to Its Coworking Communities

    Before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, San Francisco was arguably the coworking capital of the U.S. In 2018, the city had more coworking spaces per capita than any other major city in the country. In San Francisco’s ecosystem of tech startups, entrepreneurs and creatives, coworking spaces have in recent years served as a preferred

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  • Close up of crystal globe resting on grass in a forest – environment concept

    The Cost of Chemical-Based Disinfection is Too High. We Can Do Better.

    By Kevin Samy, Government Affairs Lead at R-Zero In 1962, Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring issued a stern warning against neglecting the immense risks of hazardous chemicals use, especially in pesticides. Her book helped encourage policymakers to take a hard look at the widespread application of DDT, a harmful pesticide, adding fuel to a burgeoning environmental

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