In a continued effort to put the health and safety of their employees and visitors first and foremost, InterContinental – Houston Medical Center, the Texas A&M Health Science Center, and George R. Brown (GRB) Convention Center have all deployed the Integrated Viral Protection (IVP) Air system.
The IVP Air heated-air filtration system is a mobile, plug-and-purify device proven to eliminate SARS-CoV-2 (99.999 percent), anthrax spores (99.8 percent) and other airborne contaminants through a heated filter that does not impact the temperature of the ambient air.
IVP founder and inventor, Monzer Hourani, has a background in physics, science and engineering. He developed the advanced biodefense system in partnership with Dr. Zhifeng Ren, director of the Superconductivity Center of Texas at the University of Houston, and other scientists at the University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston National Lab and University of Texas A&M Engineering and Experiment Station. The journal Materials Today Physics published a peer-reviewed study confirming the system effectively eliminates actual SARS-CoV-2 (the virus causing COVID-19), anthrax spores and other airborne contaminants. The research has been publicly supported by research faculty at the Argonne National Laboratory and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
In a statement, Jay Caiafa, chief operating officer, Americas, InterContinental Hotels Group, said: “The safety and wellbeing of our guests and colleagues is core to the True Hospitality we deliver each day— and we know that a priority on cleanliness is more important now than ever before as travel returns. Throughout the response to COVID-19, we have built on an already strong heritage of cleanliness and hygiene by implementing a variety of enhanced processes based on the guidance of health authorities and industry-leading experts and exploring where technology can make a difference. In bringing this innovative IVP Air technology to the InterContinental Houston – Medical Center, we are pleased to support the efforts of owner Monzer Hourani and his team as they offer guests, colleagues and visitors even further confidence in a safe, comfortable hotel experience.”