The Biden administration is asking building owners to help keep COVID-19 cases down in the future.
What You Need to Know
• The White House on Thursday launched the Clean Air in Buildings Challenge, a call to action aimed at improving indoor air quality to make it harder for the virus to spread
• The challenge asks government leaders and building owners and operators to assess their indoor air quality and improve ventilation and air filtration
• The Environmental Protection Agency released a guide Thursday that includes a series of recommendations, including steps that can be taken immediately, as well as links to resources with more information
• The president is continuing to combat the pandemic even while facing the possibility that many programs could be scaled back or cut entirely if Congress doesn’t approve more pandemic emergency funding
The Challenge for Clean Air
The White House on Thursday launched the Clean Air in Buildings Challenge, a call to action aimed at improving indoor air quality to make it harder for the virus to spread.
The initiative is part of Biden’s National COVID-19 Preparedness Plan, released earlier this month. The challenge asks government leaders and building owners and operators to assess their indoor air quality and improve ventilation and air filtration.
The Environmental Protection Agency released a guide Thursday that includes a series of recommendations, including steps that can be taken immediately, as well as links to resources with more information.
“While the recommended actions cannot completely eliminate risks, they will reduce them,”
“Infectious diseases like COVID-19 can spread through the inhalation of airborne particles and aerosols. In addition to other layered prevention strategies, like vaccination, wearing masks and physical distancing to reduce the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19, actions to improve ventilation, filtration and other proven air cleaning strategies can reduce the risk of exposure to particles, aerosols, and other contaminants, and improve indoor air quality and the health of building occupants.”
The American Rescue Plan, passed in March 2021 by Congress, included $350 billion for state and local governments and $122 billion for schools that could be used to improve ventilation and filtration in buildings.
The Biden administration also discussed support of the initiative by working closely with state, local and tribal governments to provide guidance and technical assistance for improvements, building greater public awareness about the role that ventilation and filtration play in reducing virus spread.
President Biden also announced identifying opportunities to drive innovation and implementation of technologies that improve air quality inside buildings.
IOT Technology for Air Quality Monitoring
Alternate E Source provides easy to deploy air quality monitoring solutions. We offer best practices in turnkey service and air purification services. Based on the standard index for Indoor Air Quality with continuous measuring enhances risk mitigation.
Environmental monitoring smart- sensors offer real time automation for alerting to any breach conditions.
Small detectors easily mount onto walls or ceiling to capture particulate as well as “smell” with specialized sensors to monitor aerosols, and other contaminants, as well as indoor air quality and the health of building occupants.
The devices collect data and store on board and easily connect to internet and mobile device for reading.
Verification of improvements can be tested and checked, “Before During and After ” monitoring in rooms and facilities to ensure HVAC systems are optimized, and new building improvements are ensured to be compliant.
Reports can be generated to assist in obtaining available state or federal funding.
Extended Solutions -Risk Mitigation
Alternate E Source has partnered to provide air purification with FDA approved systems, and UVGI ultraviolet germicide radiation specialty lighting. Proven to eradicate viral loads, we offer practical commercial options.
Please connect with us to check availability for inspection, audit and solution recommendation.
Alternate E Source provides compliance and risk mitigation
for public building health and safety.