Before, beyond, and in addition to an HVAC upgrade, building owners and operators may find it both necessary and useful to specify filtration enhancements to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Legionella, and other airborne illnesses. These may be employed due to cost, in lieu of a bigger capital project, or instituted temporarily ahead of a capital upgrade to facilitate safe tenant move-in. Like all technologies and equipment, filtration enhancements are subject to both proper specification and installation.
Consider the following filtration-enhancement options when necessary:
Determining whether your facility is ready to take on a major capital project or which of the above filtration options is best for your facility as it repopulates is a challenge, as the future of most commercial facilities is unknown.
Instead, focus on what you do know. Evaluate what current and potential tenants want, including what types of potentially smaller and healthier spaces they want to come back to. Remember to take into account the existing facility and its unique characteristics and parameters — i.e., the current state of the HVAC system, chiller/boiler plant, air filtration system and its capacity for upgrades. Once there are some answers, dare to go down the road of creating a plan for your HVAC systems and what possibilities may be at play.
Often, the moments that seem to have the biggest unknowns may actually provide building owners and operators with an open plan to dream up what’s next.
Written By: David P. Callan, P.E., CEM, LEED AP, HBDP, QCxP
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