As our communities begin the process of reopening, we all want to be confident that we are doing everything possible to ensure the safety of those that occupy our spaces. Many of our clients are looking forward to welcoming back students, employees, and families into our buildings and want to ensure the best practices around air systems are in place. ASHRAE (The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) has put together numerous resources on reopening preparedness, and our Manager of MEP Services Charlie Romano shares his recommendations for what to prioritize before reopening an office, school, or other communal space:
- Replace (and potentially upgrade) air handler filters
- Configure a purge cycle, such as increasing outdoor air (OA) and exhaust airflows prior to and after employee/student’s arrival and departure
- Close room air (RA) dampers and use 100% OA on capable systems, and maximizing OA on systems not capable of using 100% outdoor air
Read more about ASHRAE’s recommendations for reopening here: https://www.ashrae.org/technical-resources/commercial#general
If you have questions about what you should be doing to prepare your building for occupation, reach out to Charlie Romano at firstname.lastname@example.org.