AIA releases guidelines for safer re-occupancy of buildings

May 15, 2020

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has released a new tool to help limit exposure to COVID-19 in offices, stores, and other buildings as they start to re-open. Photo courtesy AIA[1]
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has released a new tool to help limit exposure to COVID-19 in offices, stores, and other buildings as they start to re-open.
Photo courtesy AIA

The American Institute of Architects[2] (AIA) has released the Re-occupancy Assessment Tool[3], which provides strategies for limiting exposure to COVID-19 in buildings.

AIA’s Disaster Assistance Committee developed the tool to provide public officials, businesses, and architects with practices that protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public while businesses, stores, restaurants, etc., reopen. The tool provides a framework of strategies and general mitigation measures that can help reduce exposure to COVID-19.

This document provides architects, private clients, and civic leaders strategies for reoccupying buildings and businesses that are in the process of transitioning from being fully closed to fully open which includes:

“This may be the most pivotal and defining moment in our lifetime for design,” said AIA 2020 President Jane Frederick, FAIA.  “Architects are needed in this crisis to help safely transition our communities back to offices, schools, and the many other places that are important in shaping our daily lives.”

Using credible science, a multi-disciplinary team of architects, public health experts, engineers, product designers, and facility managers will evaluate behavioral, spatial, material, and operational strategies to customize the tool for a variety of building types, including:

Findings will be released in phases as they become available, with a priority focused on strategies that address immediate needs. Long-term strategies will also be developed for making buildings more resilient in the face of pandemics, natural hazards, climate change and other risks.

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: https://www.constructionspecifier.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Opener-17.jpg
  2. American Institute of Architects: https://www.aia.org/
  3. Re-occupancy Assessment Tool: https://www.aia.org/resources/6292441-re-occupancy-assessment-tool?editing=true&tools=true

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