Building Science and the Prevention of Covid-19

Let’s be clear, building science will never take the place of essential, individual behavior, like social distancing, hand-washing and limiting the frequency with which we touch our faces. However, there is strong evidence that building science has a role to play in controlling indoor environmental quality, which, in turn, can control the spread of viruses like COVID-19.

The benefits of controlling a building’s environment go well beyond preventing the spread of viruses. In fact, it’s the first step to significantly lowering energy costs, reducing carbon emissions and improving indoor air quality for everyone. There are a few steps that are essential to operating high performing buildings. Good news: it doesn’t cost a premium to reach these levels of performance.

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Author: Beth Eckenrode