This page is provided to assist CBE industry partners and others to find relevant information related to building design and operation with the ongoing concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic. Because knowledge around this issue is rapidly evolving, this page will be expanded and updated as new information is available. Many of the organizations cited below are also updating these pages. We welcome your comments and suggestions via email to email@example.com.
Reoccupying the Workplace
AIA’s Reopening America: Strategies for Safer Buildings
The AIA has posted guidance documents including for offices and retail stores, plus emerging research. Tools include a seven-step risk management plan and a re-occupancy assessment tool. They have also provided a page of resources for architects.
American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA)
The AIHA has made available recommendation documents for 19 business types on its Back To Work Safely webpage. This includes the Reopening: Guidance for General Office Settings. Additional information is on its Coronavirus Outbreak Resource Center.
Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA)
BOMA has posted a set of guidance documents for building owners and real estate professionals, including checklists for reoccupying buildings, tenant FAQs and considerations for evacuations while following social distancing.
Center for Disease Control (CDC)
The CDC has general information for individuals and organizations, including a page for businesses and workplaces. Unlike most of the suggestions from the engineering groups below, the CDC does not have specific recommendations for HVAC operation.
Mechanical Engineering Resources
World Health Organization
The Roadmap to Improve and Ensure Good Indoor Ventilation in the Context of COVID-19 was released by WHO in 2021 to define the key questions users should consider to assess indoor ventilation and the major steps needed to reach recommended ventilation levels in order to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19. It includes recommendations on how to assess and measure parameters specifically in health care, non-residential and residential settings whenever a person is under home care or home quarantine.
ASHRAE has posted a number of guidelines on this technical resource page. The ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force for Building Readiness has posted a 119-page slide deck with guidance updated on 8/19/2020. Previously a special epidemic task force consisting of numerous experts from academia, government and industry has contributed to ASHRAE Position Document on Infectious Aerosols, with technical guidance for HVAC in several building types.
ASHRAE’s European counterpart, REHVA, provides this COVID-19 Guidance page, including a concise, eight-page guidelines paper, and also literature, FAQs and a webinar with downloadable slides.