The leading authority on HVAC systems, The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), has released its guidance on COVID-19 and reopening schools. The one hundred plus year old organization concludes:
“Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) through the air is sufficiently likely that airborne exposure to the virus should be controlled. Changes to building operations, including the operation of heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning [HVAC] systems, can reduce airborne exposures.”
The extensive document provides a roadmap for schools and engineers to work together on the immediate actions that should be taken before the school year commences, and for the ongoing precautionary measures that should be integrated into every school’s plan for a safe school year. LAN Associates recommends all school districts review this document and comply with its guidance.
As engineers whose core competency is the K-12 educational market, LAN has analyzed state guidelines and guidance from trusted institutions like ASHRAE and the CDC to comprise data driven reopening plans for school districts across the state.
If your district is currently working on mapping out your reopening and in need of assistance, contact us.