The CDC and OSHA have both issued important guidance on ways to improve ventilation in buildings based on ASHRAE Guidance for Building Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Facilities Operations has reviewed and implemented many of these measures to improve airflow and quality and slow the spread of COVID-19 in NCCU facilities.
- Assessed HVAC systems and building automation controls in academic and residential hall facilities to ensure proper operation.
- Increased scheduled routine air filter changes from yearly to twice a year.
- Ensured preventive maintenance services were in place to ensure system reliability.
- Inspected buildings and reviewed automated control parameters. These inspections are ongoing.
Facilities Operations essential personnel have continued to report to work throughout the pandemic. As such, building systems continued to run in normal operation, which avoided issues surrounding system stagnation and start-ups.
For increased air circulation, it is not advised to open windows and prop doors in as this is a safety risk for occupants falling and exposure to outside environmental contaminants such as car exhaust, pollen, etc.