The importance of infection control and the impact of operating conditions on the built environment have taken renewed focus in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a part of the ongoing response, industry organizations, such as the American Society of Heating and Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), have released updated considerations for design and construction professionals, including airflow strategies and temperature and humidity controls, as well as ventilation and pressurization.
When car-buyers stop by Hawthorne, California’s LAcarGUY-owned dealership, they are greeted with a uniquely “green” welcome. The Pacific Subaru showroom features a living wall system, home to more than 120 plants.
Building energy codes continue to shift in the direction of increased energy efficiency, resulting in tighter and better insulated buildings. At the same time, a focus on indoor air quality (IAQ) in the built environment is gaining traction. One way to counteract the negative effects of potentially toxic building materials on the occupants of a space is to choose insulation that ‘breathes,’ such as wool insulation.
Requirements regarding multi-family residential dwellings, environmental tobacco smoke, and operation and maintenance, are among the changes to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers’ (ASHRAE’s) newly published indoor air quality (IAQ) standard.
Indoor air quality (IAQ) has become increasingly important for building owners and occupants in recent years. With more information available to the public on air quality issues, it is imperative for building product manufacturers to focus on eliminating issues associated with their products.