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

ASHRAE’s Epidemic Task Force issued two statements in April to define guidance on managing the spread of SARS-CoV-2 regarding the operation and maintenance of HVAC systems in buildings. ASHRAE officially opposes the advice not to run residential or commercial HVAC systems and asserts that keeping air conditioners on during this time can help control the spread of the virus. Read the statements here.

COVID-19 Preparedness Resources webpage
Re-Opening Our Schools: Activities and Recommendations, a June 16, 2020 webinar
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 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 on demand webinar from May 5, 2020  2)  Straight Talk on COVID-19s Impact on the Energy Industry on demand webinar from April 7, 2020

Bloomberg Philanthropies
Management Metrics for Cities in the COVID-19 Crisis</a, a resource developed by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and What Works Cities to help city leaders collect and analyze key data to guide the next phase of recovery while keeping the most vulnerable residents’ needs front and center.

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