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Reopening Universities: Managing HVAC Systems to Mitigate the Spread of Sars-Cov-2

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Course Length: 3 hours

As the world considers when and how to reopen occupiable spaces, college and university owners, facility managers, and resiliency planning teams are confronting how to become conscious of the required transformations for their buildings and the heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems serving these facilities. The pandemic has exposed existing vulnerabilities in the design, construction, installation, operation, and maintenance of systems installed in many building types, and these systems need to be analyzed for potential improvements. Infectious diseases may be spread by several different routes, including through the air. The spread of viruses may be accelerated or decreased by heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems. At this time, expert positions indicate that ventilation, filtration, and air cleaning provided by HVAC systems can reduce the airborne concentration of SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, and thus the risk of transmission through the air. Different engineering controls to reduce potential for airborne viral spread will be discussed, as will strategies to evaluate these engineering controls for different system types.


Course Instructors

Wade Conlan, P.E., Member ASHRAE, LEED® AP, BCxP

Julia Keen, Ph.D., P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, HBDP, BEAP


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