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Managing Indoor Air Quality in Commercial and Public Buildings During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Welcome to the School of Architecture and Built Environment’s seminar series Torsdagsseminariet!

Time: Thu 2020-11-19 15.00 - 16.00

Location: Zoom (link is sent out after registration)

Participating: Ivo Martinac

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New evidence on SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) airborne transmission and general recognition of long-range aerosol-based transmission have developed recently. This has made ventilation measures the most important engineering controls in the infection control. While physical distancing is important to avoid close contact, the risk of an aerosol concentration and cross-infection from 1.5 m onward from an infected person can be reduced with adequate ventilation and effective air distribution solutions.

The REHVA Covid-19 Guidance Document makes 15 recommendations that can be applied in existing buildings at a relatively low cost to reduce the number of cross-infections indoors.

While there are many possibilities to improve ventilation solutions in the future, it is important to recognize that current technology and knowledge already allows the use of many rooms in buildings during a Covid-19 type of outbreak if ventilation meets existing standards and an adequate risk assessment is conducted. 

Welcome to register to this seminar presented by Professor Ivo Martinac.