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Biden’s Clean Air in Buildings Challenge aims to reduce COVID-⁠19 spread

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Biden’s Clean Air in Buildings Challenge aims to reduce COVID-⁠19 spread

Call to action for owners to assess indoor air quality and make ventilation and air filtration improvements.


By Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor | May 20, 2022
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The Biden Administration recently launched the Clean Air in Buildings Challenge that calls on all building owners and operators, schools, colleges and universities, and organizations to adopt strategies to improve indoor air quality in their buildings and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

In conjunction with that announcement, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a best practices guide for improving indoor air quality and reducing the risk of spreading dangerous airborne particles. The guide, developed in collaboration with the Department of Energy, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other federal agencies, contains a set of recommendations organized into four groups:

  • Create a clean indoor air action plan that assesses indoor air quality, plans for upgrades and improvements, and includes HVAC inspections and maintenance.
  • Optimize fresh air ventilation by bringing in and circulating clean outdoor air indoors.
  • Enhance air filtration and cleaning using the central HVAC system and in-room air cleaning devices.
  • Engage the building community by communicating with building occupants to increase awareness, commitment, and participation.

Under these recommendation areas, EPA’s best practices guide lays out actions building owners and operators can implement. The guide offer a menu of improvements and includes quick steps that organizations can take right away as well as resources to help plan for longer-term investments and improvements.

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