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AIA issues tools for reducing risk of COVID-19 transmission in buildings

Tailored strategies offered for offices, retailers, schools, and senior living facilities.

June 10, 2020 |

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The American Institute of Architects (AIA) released new resources to support employers, public officials, and design professionals with re-occupying buildings more safely after COVID-19 shutdowns.

The initiative included a team of architects, public health experts, engineers, and facility managers who developed strategies to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in buildings, promote social distancing standards, and “enhance wellbeing in communities transitioning to new lifestyle norms.” The new and enhanced tools can assist employers, building owners, and design teams with best practices to protect the health and safety of the public.

· A Risk Management Plan for Buildings provides a process for assessing hazards in buildings and reducing risk. “This methodology not only can be applied during the pandemic, but for all shocks and stresses to create more resilient buildings and businesses,” an AIA press release says.

· AIA Re-occupancy Assessment Tool (2.0) provides an enhanced framework of strategies for re-opening buildings, including restaurants, retailers, offices, senior living facilities, schools, and housing

· COVID-19 ArchMap allows architects to input design strategies that mitigate risk of COVID-19 transmission for any building type. The map is produced in partnership with the University of Kansas’ Institute of Health + Wellness Design and intended to facilitate design innovation.

The team will also release more detailed strategies and considerations for offices, retailers, schools, and senior living facilities “in the near future.”

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