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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.

The ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI) is offering free webinars 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.”

On June 29, the webinarManaging Your HVAC Systems to Help Mitigate the Spread of SARS-CoV-2 in Buildings,” 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 your HVAC systems. The webinar discusses how your HVAC system 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.

And on July 21, the webinar Analysis of Airflow Patterns and Flow Path of Airborne Contaminants” will place the focus on healthcare buildings and 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.

Hospital-acquired infections have been persistent – airborne transmission plays a role in many nosocomial infections. With air being the primary carrier of heat, moisture, contaminants, and airborne contaminants in health care facilities such as patient rooms, isolation rooms, and operating rooms, the flow path of supply air plays an important role in determining the flow path of airborne pathogens in these spaces.

This webinar provides insight to healthcare design engineers, facility managers and owners in designing the HVAC systems for patient rooms.

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