Many Texans and Arizonans will return to the office in the coming weeks, but their workspaces may not look the same as they did before COVID-19 hit in February. Offices will be redesigned, some employees may work from home full-time, and the gears that keep the building running will have to adapt to these changes. Some companies will inspect their systems; others will upgrade them; and more will look for larger renovation/new construction options to better support their workforce.
To prepare for this new normal, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released its guidance for reopening businesses. While all the measures outlined in this document are essential in the fight against COVID-19, this blog will focus on recognized HVAC and plumbing standards and recommendations.
TDIndustries Mechanical Engineer Esmeralda Morales provides these snippets from the CDC’s release, and a few thoughts to consider when planning your building readiness strategy. (Note: all quotes are directly from the CDC release here.)
“Ensure that ventilation systems in your facility operate properly. For (HVAC systems) that have been shut down or on setback, review new construction start-up guidance provided (by ASHRAE).”
“Increase circulation of outdoor air by opening windows and doors, using fans, and other methods.”
“Evaluate the building and its mechanical and life safety systems to determine if the building is ready for occupancy.”
Interested in learning more? TD recently held an in-depth webinar on COVID-19 indoor air quality technologies. To view it, click the button below.