Is your university or office building reopening? ASHRAE’s new course can help you manage the HVAC

by Brianna Crandall — March 17, 2021 — Global building technology society ASHRAE is offering a new course to address the vulnerabilities in the design, construction, installation, operation, and maintenance of HVAC systems in universities and office buildings 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 buildings, as compiled by ASHRAE’s Epidemic Task Force.

The course also provides guidance on creating a Building Readiness Plan for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems for the two building types and offers an explanation of specific mitigation strategies.

2020-21 ASHRAE President Charles E. Gulledge III, P.E., remarked:

As the world considers when and how to reopen universities, confronting how to become conscious of the required transformations of buildings and their HVAC systems will become a greater priority. This course will offer actionable steps for developing specialized best practices based on guidance from ASHRAE’s Epidemic Task Force and the unique needs of individual universities.

The three-hour course is designed for college and university owners, facilities managers (FMs), and resiliency planning teams.

Registration for the Reopening Universities: Managing HVAC Systems to Mitigate the Spread of SARS-Cov-2 course is open now, at a price of $299 ($224 for ASHRAE Members). Certificates of completion will be available for download for the successfully completed course.

Additional Covid-19-related resources are available on ASHRAE’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Resources from ASHRAE and Others webpage.