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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Resources from ASHRAE and Others

ASHRAE has developed proactive guidance to help address coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) concerns with respect to the operation and maintenance of heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems. This webpage provides easily accessible resources from ASHRAE to building industry professionals.

Interim Guidance from the CDC:
Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), February 2020

Guidance from WHO (World Health Organization):
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

Guidance from Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH):
COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

ASHRAE All Member Email Update
March 13, 2020 | ASHRAE All Member Email Update

ASHRAE Press Release:
February 27, 2020 | ASHRAE Resources Available to Address COVID-19 Concerns 

ASHRAE Technical Committees

TC 9.6 Healthcare Facilities – Chair: Traci Hanegan –  tc0906@ashrae.net

TC 9.10 Laboratory Systems – Chair: Brad Cochran –  tc0910@ashrae.net

TC 9.11 Clean Spaces – Chair: Michael Amstadt – tc0911@ashrae.net

TC 2.9 Ultraviolet Air and surface treatment – tc0209@ashrae.net

Environmental Health Committee (EHC) Emerging Issue

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ASHRAE Tech Hour

Free instructional video: Optimize Occupant Health, Building Energy Performance and Revenue through Indoor-Air Hydration

ASHRAE Publications

ASHRAE Position Document 

pdf_icon.png Airborne Infectious Diseases  (Updated February 2020)

In the 1950s, the relationship among particle size, airborne suspension, and transmission implications began to become clear. The different routes require different control strategies, which have evolved over many years of infectious disease practice, and there are now standards of practice for infectious disease and hospital epidemiology. See the Professional Practice documents available from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology at https://www.apic.org

ASHRAE Handbook Content

Chapter 9, Health Care Facilities, from 2019 ASHRAE Handbook—HVAC Applications
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Chapter 13. Aircraft, from 2019 ASHRAE Handbook—HVAC Applications
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Chapter 62, Ultraviolet Air and Surface Treatment, from 2019 ASHRAE Handbook—HVAC Applications
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Chapter 10, Indoor Environmental Health, from 2017 ASHRAE Handbook—Fundamentals
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Chapter 17. Ultraviolet Lamp Systems, from 2016 ASHRAE Handbook—HVAC Systems and Equipment
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Chapter 22, Humidifiers 2016 ASHRAE Handbook—HVAC Systems and Equipment
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Chapter 29, Air Cleaners for Particulate Contaminants, from 2016 ASHRAE Handbook—HVAC Systems and Equipment
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ASHRAE Journal Papers

pdf_icon.png IEQ Applications: Designing for Airborne Infection Control - July 2019

pdf_icon.png Improved Ventilation System For Removal of Airborne Contamination in Airborne Infectious Isolation Rooms - Feb 2019

pdf_icon.png Bioaerosols in Health-Care Environments - Aug 2014

pdf_icon.png IAQ Applications: Ventilation, Crowds, and the Common Cold - Feb 2014

pdf_icon.png IAQ Applications: Hospital Surge Capacity - Sept 2011

pdf_icon.png Health Issues: HVAC & Infectious Diseases - June 2009

ASHRAE Standards and Guidelines

Free editions for online reading and links to purchase print and/or electronic copies

Standard 55-2017 -- Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy (ANSI/ASHRAE Approved)
Read free online 
Purchase print or PDF

Standard 62.1-2019 -- Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality (ANSI Approved)
Read free online
Purchase print or PDF

Standard 62.2-2019 -- Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Residential Buildings- (ANSI Approved)
Read free online
Purchase print or PDF

Standard 170-2017 -- Ventilation of Health Care Facilities (ANSI/ASHRAE/ASHE Approved)
Read free online
Purchase print or PDF

Additional ASHRAE Standards and Guidelines

Guideline 29-2019 -- Guideline for the Risk Management of Public Health and Safety in Buildings

ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 52.2-2017 -- Method of Testing General Ventilation Air-Cleaning Devices for Removal Efficiency by Particle Size

ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 161-2018, Air Quality within Commercial Aircraft

ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 185.2-2014 -- Method of Testing Ultraviolet Lamps for Use in HVAC&R Units or Air Ducts to Inactivate Microorganisms on Irradiated Surfaces

ASHRAE Guideline 28-2016, Air Quality within Commercial Aircraft

ASHRAE Books Content

Chapter 10, Disaster Planning and Emergency Management:
HVAC Design Manual for Hospitals and Clinics, 2nd ed.

Indoor Air Quality Guide: Best Practices for Design, Construction and Commissioning

ASHRAE Research Projects

pdf_icon.png  RP-1458 -- Modeling Person-to-Person Contaminant Transport in a Mechanical Ventilation Space - Oct 2013

pdf_icon.png  RP-776 -- Investigate and Identify Means of Controlling Virus in Indoor Air by Ventilation, Filtration Or Source Removal - 1993

ASHRAE Conference Seminars

Seminars from 2017 and after are avaiable for free download in MP4 and PDF format. Older seminar recordings can be purchased in ASHRAE's bookstore

2020 Winter Conference

Seminar 21 -- Putting People First: The Healing Power of Indoor Air

21-1. Putting People First: The Healing Power of Indoor Air
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21-2. Low Ambient Humidity Impairs Barrier Function and Innate Resistance Against Infl uenza Infection
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21-3. Operating and Intensive Care Room Hospital Acquired Infection Prevention Safety Surveillance System
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2019 Winter Conference

Seminar 1 : Updating Scientific Evidence about the Effects of Low Humidity on People

1-1. RP–1630, “Update the Scientific Evidence for Specifying Lower Limit Relative Humidity Levels for Comfort, Health and IEQ in Occupied Spaces”
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1-2. 40 Is the New 20, Balanced Air-Hydration for Health!
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1-3. Limiting Criteria for Human Exposure to Low Humidity
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Seminar 37 -- Space Pressurization for Infection Control and Hospital Accreditation

37-1. Controlling Contaminants with Space Pressurization
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37-2. Creating a Program to Identify and Monitor Pressurized Spaces in a Hospital
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Seminar 56 -- Humidity IS Health

56-1. The Effects of Indoor-Air Relative Humidity on Health Outcomes and Cognitive Function in Residents in a Long-term Care Facility
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56-2. The Impact of Steam Humidification on Influenza Virus in Preschool Classrooms
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56-3. New Options! Fogging Systems in Healthcare Applications
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56-4. Estimating the Break-even Point of the Most Common Steam and Adiabatic Systems
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2015 Winter Conference

Seminar 49 -- Isolation Room Design, Research and Construction (Case Study)

2014 Annual Conference

Seminar 27 -- Airborne Particle and Bacteria Control Technologies and Flow Demand Control for Energy Conservation in Critical and Controlled Environments

ASHRAE Conference Papers

Conference papers from 2017 and after are avaiable for free download in PDF format. Older papers can be purchased in ASHRAE's bookstore

2019 Annual Conference

pdf_icon.png KC-19-C021 -- Infectious Passenger Isolation System for Aircraft

pdf_icon.png KC-19-C020 -- Designing Simplified Airborne Infection Isolation Rooms to Reduce Infection Rate in Future Pandemics

2017 Annual Conference

pdf_icon.png LB-17-C005 -- An Efficient Ventilation Configuration for Preventing Bioaerosol Exposures to Health Care Workers in Airborne Infection Isolation Rooms

2016 Annual Conference

ST-16-004 (GIA 15-16) -- Assessing Effectiveness of Ceiling-Ventilated Mock Airborne Infection Isolation Room in Preventing Hospital-Acquired Influenza Transmission to Health-Care Workers

2015 Winter Conference

CH-15-C017 -- Effectiveness of a Local Ventilation/Filtration Intervention for Health-Care Worker Exposure Reduction to Airborne Infection in a Hospital Room

2014 Winter Conference

NY-14-C023 -- Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) in Hospital HVAC Decreases Ventilator Associated Pneumonia

2012 Winter Conference

CH-12-C057 -- Assessment of Health-Care Worker Exposure to Pandemic Flu in Hospital Rooms 

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Conferences

IAQ 2010

Identifying Source Location of SARS Transmission in a Hospital Ward

Investigation of the Relationship between Probability of SARS Infection and Ventilation

Impact of a Moving Person on Transmission of Airborne Contaminants in Airliner Cabins

IAQ 2007

Health Risk Associated with HVAC System Microbial Contamination in Healthcare Facilities

IAQ 2004

Airborne Microflora in a Respiratory Ward

Isolation Room Ventilation Design Case Studies

When Is Minimum Not Enough? Air Filtration in Medical Facilities


Designing and Operating High-Performing Healthcare HVAC Systems - 2018

ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer Program

The ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturers (DL) Program was developed to provide ASHRAE Chapters with lecturers equipped to speak on relevant subjects of interest to ASHRAE members and guests without incurring huge costs. Several lecturers have presentations applicable to these topics. View more information about the program and see the list of lecturers and the topics their presentations cover.


Sources from Other Organizations

For immediate concerns and additional information, please contact:
Center for Disease Control and Prevention or World Health Organization.