We may think of late spring and early summer as prime times for allergies. That’s when trees, grass, and other plants produce the pollen that causes so many people so much discomfort. With symptoms similar to those caused by the coronavirus, it can be difficult for people to tell the difference between allergies and COVID. […]

A new study shows the relationship between ventilation and viruses as well as between humidity and viruses. Using the Wells-Riley model helped researchers observe the effects of both humidity and ventilation on the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The study, set for publication in November, is the result of a joint effort among Scandinavian and Baltic researchers. It […]

07 Sep 2021

When the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. in early 2020, it forced schools across the country to shut down. That included K-12 classrooms as well as colleges and universities. As students adapted to virtual classrooms, schools developed plans for reopening once it was safe to do so. With new variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus emerging, […]

The COVID-19 pandemic closed K-12 schools across the country. Students and teachers, as well as parents, had to adapt to remote learning. Educators did the best they could with the resources available, but there is no substitute for in-person learning. The pandemic is not over, however, but schools have reopened. Some schools enforce social distancing […]

23 Aug 2021

Many factors influence parents’ decisions about where to send their children to college. Concern about the quality of education and its cost weigh on their minds, but health and safety do as well. In fact, according to a recent survey conducted by real estate services company JLL, college air quality is one of the top […]

16 Aug 2021

Facilities managers may wonder how building occupants feel about the indoor environments where they spend most of their time. They may be interested to know that a majority of occupants may not feel their buildings have safe air quality. At least that was the findings of a recent survey conducted by the consulting agency Savanta.  […]

09 Aug 2021

In June of this year, OSHA conducted a review of the latest COVID-19 science, data, and guidance. After consulting with the CDC, OSHA issued an emergency temporary standard (ETS) for employers working in healthcare and healthcare support services. However, despite the name “COVID-19 Healthcare ETS” the rule applies to any organization that provides first aid […]

The COVID-19 pandemic taught us many things. For facilities managers, it further stressed the importance of building health. While managers and engineers have long understood the relationship between indoor air quality and the health of building occupants, the pandemic prompted stakeholders to refocus resources on creating safer, healthier buildings, and that includes clean HVAC systems. […]

26 Jul 2021

Many schools across the United States operate with older HVAC systems. In fact, a recent U.S. Government Accountability Office report found that as many as 54 percent of public schools in the U.S. need to replace or repair their HVAC systems. The good news is that the K-12 school stimulus approved by the U.S. Education […]