Mitigating the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in interior spaces with a COVID-19 Task Force
Submitted by Tetra Tech
Environmental Business Journal (EBJ) honored Tetra Tech with the Business Achievement Award for COVID Response for our approach to advising high-performance building clients throughout the pandemic.
With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Tetra Tech’s High Performance Buildings Group created a COVID-19 Task Force to conduct research into the role mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) design can play in mitigating the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 in interior spaces. Our multidisciplinary team of experts in engineering, science, epidemiology, and immunology developed briefings that incorporated input from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers’ Epidemic Task Force. Our team worked directly with clients to educate them on strategies to implement into their existing building operations and systems to mitigate the virus spread in their space. Recommendations include advanced filtration, personal environment design, ultraviolet disinfection, and air flow modeling to develop methods to increase natural ventilation.
We provided more than 300 direct-to-client presentations and dozens of Healthy Building Readiness Assessments designed to review specific spaces and provide owners with recommendations based on an understanding of their systems and task force expertise. We facilitated development of specific COVID-19 infectious disease and preparedness plans for rapid design of emergency facilities. We see a continuing role for our multidisciplinary task force in advancing the science and practice of designing healthy buildings that optimize internal spaces’ air, light, and temperature while reducing infection risk in shared spaces.
Learn more about our COVID-19 Task Force.
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