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ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force Releases Updated Airborne Transmission Guidance

The ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force released an updated, unequivocal statement on the airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in buildings. ASHRAE has released the following statement: “Airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 is significant and should be controlled. Changes to building operations, including the operation of heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning systems, can reduce airborne exposures.” It replaces the April 2020 statement that said airborne transmission was “sufficiently likely” that airborne precautions should be taken. At that time both,… Read More

ASHRAE FWC Hosts Annual Shrimp Boil and Fundraising Raffle

Current ASHRAE FWC Board members and past presidents gather for the annual gazebo photo The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers Florida West Coast Chapter (ASHRAE FWC) hosted their 2021 Annual shrimp boil at the Davis Island Garden Club in Tampa, FL on April 16, 2021. One of the most anticipated FWC annual events, the shrimp boil attracted over 100 chapter members and their guests. A live band entertained the attendees as… Read More

New ASHRAE Course Offered on Reopening Universities and Managing HVAC Systems

ASHRAE is offering a new course to address the vulnerabilities in the design, construction, installation, operation, and maintenance of HVAC systems in universities exposed by the pandemic. The online instructor-led training course, Reopening Universities: Managing HVAC Systems to Mitigate the Spread of SARS-Cov-2, expounds on COVID-19 resources on reopening universities and office building, compiled ASHRAE’s Epidemic Task Force and made available through ashrae.org/COVID19. The course also provides guidance on creating a Building Readiness Plan for… Read More

ASHRAE Learning Institute Opens Registration for Spring Online Courses

ASHRAE Learning Institute announced that registration is open for its 2021 Spring online instructor-led course series. The 16 online offerings, including eight new courses, run from January through June. A new course, “Reopening Commercial Buildings: Evaluating Your HVAC System’s Readiness to Mitigate the Spread of SARS-CoV-2,” taking place on January 27, expounds the online ASHRAE COVID-19 details for reopening buildings and the Building Readiness Plan for HVAC systems. The course will help reiterate… Read More

ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force Releases Core Recommendations for Reducing Airborne Infectious Aerosol Exposure and Communities of Faith Building Guidance

The ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force has released new guidance to address control of airborne infectious aerosol exposure and recommendations for communities of faith buildings. An infectious aerosol is a suspension in air of fine particles or droplets containing pathogens such as the SARS-CoV-2 virus that can cause infections when inhaled. They can be produced by breathing, talking, sneezing and other as well as by flushing toilets and by certain medical and dental procedures. Read More

HVAC Industry Labor-Management Partners Take Action Against School Ventilation Dangers in the Fight Against COVID-19

An estimated one-third of schools across the United States are operating antiquated ventilation systems, putting students and staff at risk, not only of infection but of other major health issues, according to a recent study by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The study, “School Districts Frequently Identified Multiple Building Systems Needing Updates or Replacement,” is the first study of school infrastructure since 1996. It has been welcomed with open arms by the Sheet Metal Air,… Read More