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ASHRAE offers online hospital HVAC course

USA: ASHRAE is to offer an online course on the role of HVAC systems in infection control in hospitals. 

This three-hour course details the relationship of infection control and HVAC design, including application of ASHRAE’s HVAC Design Manual for Hospitals and Clinics, Second Edition, and ANSI/ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 170-2017 Ventilation of Health Care Facilities. Key elements covered in the course include: infection control, comfort, reliability, safety, maintenance, energy, and flexibility.

The course, Designing and Operating High-Performing Healthcare HVAC Systems, is one of 11 offerings in ASHRAE’s spring online instructor-led course series, taking place on April 7.

“Infection control is a primary purpose of HVAC systems in hospitals,” said course instructor, Dan Koenigshofer. “Although Covid-19 is not considered an airborne contagion, the design and operation strategies described in this course may be helpful during the current pandemic. It appears that Covid-19 can be transmitted through aerosols. The movement and concentration of aerosols can be influenced by the HVAC system. Thus, it’s important for hospital engineers to understand the methods to remove and reduce airborne aerosols, using the HVAC system.” 

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