The InterContinental Houston – Medical Center, located in the Texas Medical Center, is the first hotel to use the Integrated Viral Protection Bio Defense Indoor Air Protection Filtration System to help maintain guest and employee safety.
The IVP Air heated-air filtration system is a mobile, plug-and-purify device designed to eliminate SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes the COVID-19 coronavirus strain), anthrax spores and other airborne contaminants through a heated filter that does not impact the temperature of the ambient air.
The system was first designed by IVP founder Monzer Hourani, a Houstonian who also serves as the head of the InterContinental Houston – Medical Center’s ownership group. Hourani, who has a background in physics, science and engineering, developed the advanced biodefense system in partnership with Zhifeng Ren, director of the Superconductivity Center of Texas at the University of Houston, and with other scientists at the UTMB Galveston National Lab and University of Texas A&M Engineering and Experiment Station.
“The time for action is now, and helping our hometown reopen in record time with this proven science that kills COVID-19 is so important to me as we use Houston-based research to help lead us out of this crisis and get us back to business,” said Hourani.
In addition to the hotel, the IVP Air technology has been deployed at Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center, the Texas A&M Health Science Center and student housing, True North Classical Academy in Miami, Slidell (Texas) Independent School District and Post Acute Medical Rehabilitation with sites in Texas and Las Vegas.