We have all sacrificed in these last months to stay at home in order to “flatten the curve”. As a result, we now see many states allowing business to open. As we return to work and welcome tenants and clients back to our buildings, it is important to safeguard their health and safety. However, many questions still abound in regards to COVID-19. These include:
- What can I do to the building environment to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all occupants?
- What can I do to the building environment to minimize my risk as a building owner to potential litigation as a result of future cases of COVID-19 or other infectious diseases?
There are many excellent resources available on the web. Among these are the following:
- In May 2020, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) published a Re-Occupancy Assessment Tool designed to “provide architects, private clients, and civic leaders a framework of strategies for reoccupying buildings and businesses that are in the process of transitioning from being fully closed to fully open”.
- In April of this year, ASHRAE published a Position Document on Infectious Aerosols. This document outlines many strategies that can be implemented to mitigate the spread of airborne pathogens.
- A recent article in the New York Times entitled Your Building Can Make You Sick or Keep You Well brings to the forefront the importance of building ventilation systems to combat the spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19.
Based on these guidelines and resources, TMCx Solutions offers Facilities Health Assessment services to provide you with the following:
- Initial diagnosis of the building ventilation system as compared to original design intent, including measurement of outside air flow and filtration efficiency.
- Recommended low cost / no cost prescriptions to minimize risk. These may include:
- Increasing ventilation rates and equipment hours of operation
- Temporary changes to current control strategies to improve indoor environmental quality.
- Increasing filter efficiencies based on space use and equipment capacity.
- Recommendations for capital improvement projects to further minimize the risk of infectious airborne aerosols. An example recommendation would be Ultra Violet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI).
- Ongoing monitoring and documentation of building ventilation system performance.
Please contact us to further discuss how we assist you in getting back to work in a safe and healthy environment.