achoo! ALLERGY Goes Green & Ultra Clean
ATLANTA, GA (October 11, 2007) - AchooAllergy.com,
Inc., recently moved into a new headquarters located in Atlanta,
GA, and CEO P. Cade McDonald decided to invest additional money to
make the building allergy-proof and environmentally friendly.
"We looked for a new location for over three years and finally found
an old building in a very desirable, up-and-coming industrial
district that is turning residential and retail," says McDonald.
"Since nearly all of our customers and many employees have
environmental allergies, we decided to allergy-proof the whole
"At its core, the building is brick, concrete and steel—built to
withstand anything," McDonald says. "New buildings are not built
like this. Over the years, people added walls and in essence
thoroughly chopped it up. We elected to demolish the walls, open the
space up and turn it into a loft."
"We sandblasted the inside and outside of the building, which was a
devastating mess," continues McDonald. "The abrasive cleaning
removed 40 years of paint, residue, dust and soot. After the
sandblasting, we sealed the brick, inside and out, with a low-VOC
Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals emitted by many
plastics, adhesives and building materials. High levels of VOCs may
trigger allergies or cause environmental illness.
"Brick is very dusty," continues McDonald. "I didn't realize this
until recently. I used to live in a brick loft, and while it was
cleaned often, it was always dusty. I never knew why. It's the
brick. That's why the brick in our offices has been sealed, which
has a dual effect: First, it won't collect or emit dust, and second,
it makes the brick very aesthetically appealing."
To complete the allergy-proofing of the office space, each
employee's work station has its own air purifier, and all vacuuming
is done with a HEPA-filtered vacuum cleaner. HEPA filters are
necessary to trap microscopic allergens like dust, mold, pollen and
In allergy-proofing the building, McDonald also wanted to preserve
and highlight the history of the 50-year-old building.
"We chose to work with the existing concrete floors rather than
cover them up with carpet or wood," McDonald says. "The concrete had
considerable history, so we elected to grind it and clean it. Like
brick, concrete is very dusty, so we sealed it with a low-VOC epoxy
to enhance its appearance, protect it and strengthen it. The
concrete floors tell the story of the building. What was once an
industrial warehouse with forklifts running around is now a pristine
office and retail space.
"Next we replaced all the HVAC systems in the building. We elected
to spend more money up front and go with higher efficiency SEER
units to conserve energy. All filters are changed monthly, and we
use AllergyZone furnace filters to eliminate allergens."
Even the warehouse was designed with allergies in mind.
"In our warehouse we elected to paint the walls, ceiling and even
the floor with light-reflective white coatings to save on energy
costs and help us keep a cleaner storage environment," says
McDonald. "White floors require weekly thorough cleanings, giving
dust and dirt no place to hide. The concrete block walls in our
warehouse were also sealed with a special coating to dust-proof and
"We use a pallet racking system with waterfall wire decking,"
McDonald continues. "Wire decking does not collect dust, lets light
fall through, and keeps air circulating through our inventory. It
helps with the overall cleanliness of the warehouse."
McDonald also made efforts to make his new company headquarters
"There appears to be a relationship between the increase in
environmental pollution and the increase in allergies over the past
several decades," points out McDonald, "so we take environmental
responsibility seriously. I am proud to say that we do not use one
incandescent light bulb in the entire building. Fluorescent bulbs
are 75% more efficient than incandescent bulbs. We save energy, and
it's environmentally friendly. We also use natural light as much as
possible in lighting our workspaces."
The allergy relief retail company also recycles aluminum, plastic
and paper and has replaced paper towels with high-efficiency hand
dryers in the restrooms.
Despite all of the building's allergy-proof and environmentally
friendly features, McDonald says his favorite thing about his
company's new headquarters is the fact that "our company owns this
"We take great pride in coming to work here," he says. "It helps our
business in countless ways."
AchooAllergy.com specializes in the sale of
environmental control products for people with allergies, asthma and
chemical sensitivities. Their new headquarters and product showroom
is located at 3411 Pierce Drive, Atlanta, GA, 30341. Visit them
online at www.achooallergy.com or call 1-800-339-7123 for more
Before & After Photos