HRAI forms Expert Advisory Panel on IAQ

HRAI has established an Expert Advisory Panel on Indoor Air Quality in commercial and institutional buildings. The group’s focus will be on producing materials on the best practices currently in place to limit the transmission of COVID-19 through HVAC systems.

In a statement, HRAI said the panel will help to make the needed technical information more accessible and readily available as buildings make the transition to re-opening. Understanding and addressing ventilation concerns can help to ensure safety while resuming more regular activities during the pandemic.

The panel is chaired by Chaired by Joe Muchynski, Arvin Air Systems, and member of the Contractors Division Board. It also includes members from each of the three member divisions as well as representatives from the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), the National Research Council (NRC), the University of Toronto and University of Alberta, the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI).

“Over the months ahead we will work together to make sure Canadians have better information about the risks of transmission in an array of environments and conditions,” said Chair Muchynski. “We want to ensure business owners, building managers, and institutional administrators can confidently assess risks and make good choices for indoor environments while navigating the impacts of the pandemic.”

For more information contact Martin Luymes at 416-453-5899 or email [email protected].