Would healthier buildings have slowed or even stopped the growth of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)? We may never know the answer to that question, but we can begin to plan for the next virus or next wave of the current one. As lockdown and stay-at-home orders begin to lift, TCS (The Code Solution), a Los Angeles-based developer, has been highlighting its multi-tiered patented technologies, protocols, and anti-pathogen building designs specifically engineered to prevent pathogenic spread.

Being installed in four pilot projects currently under construction in L.A., the goal is stopping future pandemics before they start. TCS claims it is the only large-scale developer in the US with a comprehensive sanitization and anti-pathogen safety design planned for use in all such future housing projects. This goal will be achieved by using pathogen-resistant materials such as wall paint, flooring, copper alloy railings, HEPA-filtered ventilation, and other methods that make the building resistant to future viral or bacterial outbreaks.

TCS has designed and implemented its new anti-pathogen building protocols to employ a complex series of technologies that use anti-pathogenic surfaces, hands-free operation and access, and pathogen-killing equipment in key locations. The pilot housing projects include:

  • A 23-unit apartment on 12thStreet in L.A.
  • A 9-unit apartment project in Alexandria.
  • A mixed-use 88-unit apartment in Melrose.
  • And a 29-unit apartment in San Marino.

The sanitization systems and protocols can be scaled up or down, depending on the project involved. A typical apartment or senior home unit would be equipped with full AI (artificial intelligence) voice-command systems, along with various sanitizing fixtures and equipment. The AI allows control of basic functions like lighting, appliances, air conditioning and window shades. Fixtures are outfitted with nano spray, with hand-sanitizer dispensers mounted at the entry wall, and UV-sterilization technologies for other areas. Other features include, but are not limited to, a sanitizing cabinet, Styler-steam clothing care system, sanitizing towel hangers, disinfecting kitchen equipment, UV-sterilized toothbrush holders, UV lights on toilet bowls, a saline solution humidifier, and state-of-the-art water filtration systems.

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