Submitted by International WELL Building Institute
May 17, 2023 /CSRwire/ - On Friday, as part of its efforts to help prevent the indoor transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) introduced its first-ever recommended minimum ventilation target for occupied indoor spaces, setting its guidance at 5 air changes per hour (ACH).
The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) issued the following statement today from its President and CEO Rachel Hodgdon regarding the new ventilation guidance:
“We commend the Biden Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for their latest effort – setting CDC’s first-ever minimum ventilation guidance for indoor spaces which, if widely implemented, has the potential to dramatically improve our collective health, well-being and productivity, especially during cold and flu season.
“Improving ventilation will help fortify our buildings and ourselves in the face of future threats. We spend approximately 90% of our lives indoors, which is why improving indoor air quality in all the places we live our lives is so vitally important. At IWBI, we recognize the significance of the CDC establishing minimum standards to drive progress while market transformation systems like WELL set performance thresholds for leadership. Working together to advance this recommended CDC baseline for ventilation, we can help owners and operators optimize building performance, reduce the transmission of respiratory diseases and generally improve occupant health.”
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The International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™) is a public benefit corporation whose mission is to improve human health and well-being through the built environment. IWBI administers the WELL Building Standard™ (WELL) – a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of buildings that impact the health and well-being of the people who live, work, and learn in them. IWBI was established pursuant to a Clinton Global Initiative commitment to improve the way people live by developing spaces that enhance occupant health and quality of life by sharing the WELL Building Standard globally. www.wellcertified.com
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