There is now a phased approach to reopening. Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are flickers of hope for a return to normalcy. Here are a few more measures to follow when it is time to begin reopening your business, especially when it comes to making sure that your HVAC system is ready for the demand.
For Building Automation Systems
Let’s start by looking at measures for building automation systems. Make sure all devices and sensors are properly calibrated. This means that they must be within acceptable parameters for controlling both comfort and ventilation. Then make sure all alarms are properly configured as well. In this case, that means that the communication path notifies the right person that it is intended to. Update programming to forestall future HVAC issues regarding virus transmission. “Epidemic mode” sequences should be automated if they are not already configured this way. It’s much simpler if the operator can activate this system with the simple press of a single button.
For Plumbing Systems
Next, let’s look at solutions for plumbing systems in your building. Follow the ASHRAE plan for dealing with water risk management. ASHRAE Standard 188-2018 helps provide guidance and protocols to reduce the risk of spreading waterborne pathogens like legionella pnemuophilia, the pathogen responsible for legionnaires disease. Run all fixtures, such as drinking fountains, and urinals to ensure proper water quality before anyone uses them. All P and U-traps on plumbing drains should be kept wet as well. Begin circulating distributed hot water systems, as hot water has been proven to be effective against viruses and other pathogens. A high-temperature flush is more necessary than you might think. All maintenance team workers should be equipped with epidemic-level PPE until the systems that they are maintaining are properly sterilized.
For Special Systems
Finally, let’s look at special systems in your building. Take the time to check on fire alarms and any other equipment that feature backup battery power supplies. Also, fire protection sprinkler systems, fire alarm systems, emergency lighting systems, and all other life-safety systems must be inspected to ensure that they still work as they should. The backup generator should be tested to see if it is still operational.
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