NBI recommended resources in the time of COVID-19

To help you weed through the extensive information, articles, and ideas abounding that are related to COVID-19, NBI is compiling information relevant to building operations, design and policy-making to advance energy efficiency, zero energy, and zero carbon buildings while addressing COVID-19. Questions? Please email [email protected] 

Technical Resources & Webinars

COVID-19 resources for architects
Architect’s Guide to Business Continuity
Best Practices: Covid-19

Alliance to Save Energy
Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 Preparedness Resources webpage
Guidance for Building Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Position Document on Airborne Infectious Diseases
Environmental Health Committee Emerging Issue Brief: Pandemic COVID-19 and Airborne Transmission
ASHRAE Standard 188-2018, Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems (ANSI Approved) is available for purchase or free online and establishes minimum legionellosis risk management requirements for building water systems. A decrease in water usage in buildings closed or with limited access during the pandemic can increase the risk of bacteria growth in building plumbing and associated equipment.

Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)
Special Webinar Series–Straight Talk on COVID-19’s Impact on the Energy Industry including: 1) Energy Consumption During the COVID-19 Pandemic  2)  Straight Talk on COVID-19s Impact on the Energy Industry on demand webinar from April 7

BOMA International
Coronavirus Resource Center provides commercial real estate professionals with guidance to address the public health crises

The Center for Active Design
Basic recommendations for real estate professionals for signage, IAQ management, more 5 Ways to Optimize Buildings for COVID-19 Prevention

Energy Efficiency for All
Pandemic Response Guidance to help local, state, and federal leaders nationwide address these issues in their responses to the COVID-19 crisis.
Pandemic Response Guide to Protect Under-Resourced Communities
Policy Responses to COVID-19

International Code Council’s (ICC) Learning Center
Free Covid-19 webinar series Maintaining Building Safety During the COVID-19 Pandemic with CEUs for code officials
Considerations for reopening following the COVID-19 pandemic, ICC has compiled important considerations and potential solutions code departments should think about as they plan for resuming operations
Panel discussion about the effects of COVID-19 on the building safety industry on May 20, 2020

National Air Filtration Association
FAQs for keeping buildings safe

National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS)
Whole Building Design Guide with coronavirus-related updates, including developments that impact the building sector
Recorded webinar, NIBS COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall: Preparing for Reentering Buildings, including re-population of commercial buildings, HVAC systems and air circulation and more

Point Energy Innovations
Reviewed guidance from the CDC, WHO, ASHRAE and academic institutions to come up with some recommendations for office building HVAC systems COVID-19 and Office Building HVAC Responses

REHVA (the Federation of European Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning associations)
COVID-19 Guidance on how to operate and use building services to prevent the spread of COVID-19 depending on HVAC or plumbing system factors, including citations to referenced information; and this article Preventing Covid-19 spreading in buildings summarizing REHVA recommendations.

U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
Wellbuilt for Wellbeing: The Office of Federal High-Performance Buildings’ Wellbuilt for Wellbeing research project was designed to help GSA better understand the influence of the office environment on human health, comfort and performance.
Enhancing Health with Indoor Air: There are four key levers to enhance human health, comfort, and performance by improving indoor air. Visit this website to see specific actions and measurable environmental outcomes.
Buildings and Health: This site addresses the challenges for building design and operations to identify cost-effective ways to eliminate health risks while also providing positive physical, psychological, and social supports as well as coping resources.

UC Davis Energy and Efficiency Institute
The Path to Covid-19 Recovery – how to improve indoor air quality when re-opening K-12 schools on May 28.

Urban Land Institute (ULI)
Resources for real estate development/industry, including webinars Public Health and Real Estate: Resources on COVID-19

Articles and Blogs

3 Tips for Managing an Empty Building During COVID-19, April 4, 2020

Building Design +Construction
Industry survey and news

Energy Efficiency For All (EEFA)
Policy Responses to COVID-19” for state and local jurisdictions. Includes utility disconnection policies, letters to states, eviction / housing policies, and more

Greentech Media (Gtm)
Why Empty Office Buildings Still Consume Lots of Power During a Global Pandemic

McKinsey & Company
Article Addressing climate change in a post-pandemic world, April 2020

Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA)
 Webpage of resources

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
Blog by David Wallinga, MD Coronavirus and Investing in Healthier Communities, March 2020
Blog by Gina McCarthy, Pollution Is Not an Equal Opportunity Killer. Nor Is COVID 19

The New York Times
New Research Links Air Pollution to Higher Coronavirus Death Rates about a national study by researchers at Harvard University found that a small increase in long-term exposure to air pollution was associated with higher death rates from the disease.

Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP)
Blog by Sue Coakley,  COVID-19 and Climate: A Tale of Two Crises

NW Energy Coalition
Advancing energy efficiency during the COVID-19 crisis, April 2020