The VanAir Ventilated Door is an advanced interior door that provides ventilation without sacrificing acoustic and visual privacy. Designed for commercial and residential buildings, the VanAir Door promotes higher indoor environmental quality. Air flows from one side, through the door and out the opposing side. The creation of these doors is innovative because they take some of the pressure off of the ventilation systems that are currently in airtight buildings. This is important because it helps to avoid Sick Building Syndrome (SBS). SBS is defined as “(the) phenomenon affecting building occupants who claim to experience acute health and comfort effects that appear to be linked to time spent in a building, but no specific illness or cause can be identified.” (IJOEM)
Although doors in themselves are not an innovative technology, these door systems are. Not only do they provide an innovative form of ventilation, but also they help buffer the traveling of sound. “Ventilation pathways are notorious for transmitting sound. However, the VanAir Door features acoustical baffles and Helmholtz resonator constructions tuned to attenuate specific frequencies, providing you with the privacy you’d expect when you close your door.” (VanAir Design) The combination of these two qualities, has the capability to set new standards for buildings. Through the use of these doors, ductwork can be reduced, with the potential for elimination. This would change the building, as it would allow for more space for the user, and lessen the amount of materials needed for the built environment. My concern is whether or not reimagining the door like this contributes enough to the imminent future. I believe with further building design improvements this door ventilation system could have a more positive impact.
Jena Boldt | Week 12