Increased occupancy leads to higher building carbon dioxide levels. With proper ventilation, this isn’t a problem. However, poor ventilation impacts indoor air quality which is made even more unsafe by viruses. It is established science that the SARS-CoV-2 virus spreads by aerosol transmission. The coronavirus attaches to tiny droplets expelled by coughing and sneezing. Once […]

Businesses have been reopening around the country at an encouraging pace. As the number of reopening’s increases, business owners must do so in ways that emphasize occupant safety. Commercial businesses such as gyms, bars, spas, and restaurants must protect their staff and patrons. Schools and universities need to protect their staff and students. This requires […]

08 Feb 2021

ASHRAE has worked hard over the past year to keep up with the latest science and technology surrounding the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Their advice on HVAC preparations for reopening is important. Facilities directors who encourage their engineers to brush up on these ASHRAE recommendations face an easier time than those who don’t. HVAC Preparation for Reopening […]

25 Jan 2021

In the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, healthy buildings are as important as ever. Of course, facilities managers face many challenges in improving indoor air quality to keep building occupants safe. In addition to establishing social distancing and frequent hand washing guidelines, maintaining HVAC systems is key. A focus on ventilation systems alone won’t […]

19 Jan 2021

ASHRAE is an organization of over 55,000 professionals united in a common goal to advance the arts and sciences of HVAC and related fields. The impact of COVID-19 on the health of building occupants and the resulting economic turmoil has been great. The pandemic prompted ASHRAE to form a task force to confront these challenges. […]

For most of 2020, we heard about the importance of people getting tested for COVID-19. That’s still true. Testing is a critical part of fighting the spread of the coronavirus. However, new technology makes it possible to test for the presence of the coronavirus in buildings as well. Building coronavirus testing plays a critical part […]

Understanding IAQ has never been more important to building health. For this reason, we continue our look back on the articles we shared this year and hope we’ve given you the information you need to tackle these issues. We talked about how bipolar ionization and tracking indoor air conditions improve building health. Prescriptive IAQ is […]

22 Dec 2020

As we continue our look back at the topics we covered in 2020, the main goal is always to improve IAQ. And for good reason. After all, better air quality indoors leads to better occupant health. It reduces energy costs and boosts the bottom line. It‘s also effective in reducing the aerosol transmission of viruses. […]