AIRAH has released a guide to COVID-19 ventilation optimisation aimed at primary and secondary schools.
Authored by Brad Prezant, Affil.AIRAH, the guide offers readers a better understanding of airborne transmission and building ventilation systems found in schools in Australia. It also provides advice about building a strategy for different facilities.
It is intended as a resource both for schools, and for mechanical engineering designers and maintenance engineers.
“School administrators and teachers are concerned about the safety of children and staff,” says the guide. “There are many more questions about the best way to protect children from COVID-19 infection at school than there are answers.
“School administrators are being bombarded by vendors selling a myriad of products, some of which may improve the health of occupants, and some of which may increase the risk of infection. Many of the solutions offered are expensive.
“This document, written from an evidence-based public health perspective, is intended to address the many questions that school administrators have been and will be considering in order to provide appropriate guidance for creating a school setting where the focus can be on education, and not the building itself.”