Region: The Americas
ASHRAE to offer webinars on reopening of buildings
ATLANTA, Georgia, 15 June 2020: ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI) will offer three free webinars, plus a detailed course targeted to the Europe and Middle East regions, focused on mitigating potential health risks during reopening of buildings closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“As buildings begin to reopen after the COVID-19 closures, it’s important to make sure that building-readiness plans are in place for the safe and efficient operation of HVAC systems,” said 2019-20 ASHRAE President Darryl K. Boyce, P.Eng. “These free online training opportunities will provide strategies to ensure a safe and healthy indoor environment for building occupants.”
“Re-Opening Our Schools: Activities and Recommendations”, taking place on June 16, focuses on confronting how to become conscious of the required transformations for their buildings, ASHRAE said. This webinar will explore expert positions indicating that ventilation and filtration provided by HVAC systems can reduce the airborne concentration of COVID-19, and thus the risk of transmission through the air, ASHRAE added.
The webinar, “Managing Your HVAC Systems to Help Mitigate the Spread of SARS-CoV-2 in Buildings”, on June 29, will help provide verbal guidance to the written materials posted on the ASHRAE COVID-19 website for re-opening buildings and the Building Readiness Plan for HVAC systems, ASHRAE said. The webinar will discuss how HVAC systems of building owners and tenants might be designed to respond to an infectious virus, like SARS-CoV-2 that creates the COVID-19 disease, in addition to alterations to incorporate mitigation strategies, it added.
The webinar, “Analysis of Airflow Patterns and Flow Path of Airborne Contaminants”, on July 21, will demonstrate how the supply air flow paths, induced air flow paths and exhaust grille placement can work collaboratively to establish protective and effective contaminant control, ASHRAE said. The webinar will provide valuable insight to healthcare design engineers, facility managers and owners in designing the HVAC systems for patient rooms, it added.
Drawing upon guidance from an international team of indoor environment and building system experts, COVID-19 and Buildings: Re-Occupation after Lockdown, on July 8, will identify the equipment and procedures that are essential in protecting occupant health, bringing attendees up to date on the environmental conditions that are recommended to prevent the spread of the disease, ASHRAE said.
Participants can access online instructor-led training from anywhere with an Internet connection and earn continuing education units/professional development hours for each course completed, ASHRAE said, adding that those interested can register and view other course opportunities by visiting ashrae.org/onlinecourses.