Writer: Julia Troy, Bisnow
The pandemic has CRE owners focused on a part of their building that is rarely at the top of their minds: their HVAC system. It has never been more important to monitor indoor air quality, and HVAC systems are a building’s first line of defense against air contaminants.
To help keep building occupants safe, the CDC and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) have both recommended that owners greatly increase the amount of outside air they bring into their buildings, and run their HVAC systems at a setting that maximizes outside airflow.
But most HVAC systems are not equipped to heat, cool, and filter a large amount of outdoor air. On top of that, the new guidelines force owners to run systems in a way that consumes much more energy than if they were running their building the way they normally do.