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ASHRAE's New Guidance Addresses Control of Airborne Aerosol Exposure, Providing Recommendations for Communities of Faith Buildings
This month, ASHRAE's Epidemic Task Force released new guidance to address control of airborne infectious aerosol exposure and recommendations for communities of faith buildings. Specific recommendations cover:
“This guidance outlines a clear approach for lessening the risk of infectious aerosol exposure for building occupants that can be applied in a wide range of applications, from homes to offices to mobile environments such as vehicles and ships,” said William Bahnfleth, ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force chair. “ASHRAE’s Core Recommendations are based on an equivalent clean air supply approach that allows the effects of filters, air cleaners, and other removal mechanisms to be added together to achieve an exposure reduction target.”
ASHRAE also announced that its task force’s Communities of Faith Buildings guidance offers recommendations on conducting worship services under epidemic conditions.
“The intent of the Communities of Faith guidance is to offer those who operate and care for buildings used for worship a plan for implementing short- and long-term HVAC strategies to reduce the possibilities of transmission of the SARS-CoV2-2 virus. The document also helps communities move toward a new 'normal' operation after this public health emergency nears an end,” said Rick Karg, ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force member.
Access the new "ASHRAE Core Recommendations for Reducing Airborne Infectious Aerosol Exposure, and "Communities of Faith Buildings Guidance," via ashrae.org/COVID-19, or see more details in ASHRAE's press release.
ICC Releases Analysis and Findings on Building Survey and COVID-19
The International Code Council (ICC) has published a document that provides analysis and findings based on survey results from code departments across the country. Amid the pandemic, the survey results, which include data from more than 800 respondents from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, provide better insights on departments’ virtual capabilities, and reveal best practices that could help inform approaches. Ultimately, the survey responses informs ICC's ongoing efforts to identify best practices and advocate for needed resources.
ICC notes that it concluded a follow-up survey in mid-September 2020 that builds upon the previous one (April 2020) to determine how departments have responded in the interim. Among the questions addressed: What virtual needs still exist? What strategies have worked best? What additional resources could help?
Among the main findings:
See more ANSI member efforts in the ANSI COVID-19 Resource Webpage Highlighting Standardization Community Response.