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ASHRAE task force issues building reopening guide

USA: ASHRAE has issued guidance on mitigating potential health risks during reopening of buildings closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The recommendations have been produced by ASHRAE’s recently formed epidemic task force ahead of companies planning a safe return to normal activities.

“Safe operation of HVAC and building water management systems are critical components of building readiness and reopening, and ASHRAE’s resources provide a framework for developing plans in a variety of building types,” said ASHRAE president Darryl K Boyce.

“Key elements of a strategy to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus are to perform needed heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system maintenance, including filter changes, and to run HVAC equipment, prior to re-occupancy,” said ASHRAE epidemic task force chair, Bill Bahnfleth.

The recommendations for reopening buildings are outlined in the frequently asked questions section of its COVID-19 Resources webpage.

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