Building Health Series (5 of 6): HVAC & Plumbing

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted everyone at one level or another. These types of events cause us to pause and take stock of our surroundings and put our thinking caps on to consider what we can do better to prepare for events such as these or even to mitigate the spread of a common cold. One of the things we can look at from a building perspective is how we can minimize that spread through strategies in our built environment. Over the course of the next few weeks we'll dig into these strategies and hopefully provide you with helpful tips to implement in the future. Building Health Series - Part 5 of 6: HVAC & Plumbing Ryan M Anderson, AIA Vice President Lead Architect Contributing Editor

Building Health Series (Part 4 of 6): Materials

With so many surfaces a person has to touch when entering or interacting inside a building, we have to pay attention to the materials installed in the building, especially as we consider potential exposure to viruses. When we specifically consider COVID-19, the virus was found to be viable on copper for up to four hours, up to 24 hours on cardboard, and up to 2-3 days on plastic and stainless steel (Pekoc, Ken. "New coronavirus stable for hours on surfaces." National Institutes of Health, March 17, 2020.) There are too many material options to count and we won't cover every possibility in this article…with that in mind, we offer the following short-list of ideas for consideration wh

Building Health Series (Part 3 of 6): Access Control

StartFragment Building Health Series (Part 3 of 6): Access Control Ryan M. Anderson, AIA EndFragment StartFragment Access control may not seem like a very a common strategy or one that would meet the goals we're trying to hit with these strategies, but when one thinks about it, what better way to assist in mitigating spread by restricting and controlling access as well as monitoring who has access to a building or spaces. When we talk about access control we're talking about equipment that communicates and is electrically tied to a door, determining whether that door will open or not by electro-mechanical means for a person trying to open it, and potentially monitoring who is trying to acces


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