Returning to the Workplace: COVID-19 Implications for HVAC Systems

1 AIA HSW Learning Unit (GHT-ME-060320)
1 GBCI CE Hour (920021921

The COVID-19 global pandemic will reshape the way we design commercial office buildings for decades to come. In this educational session from GHT Limited, join our mechanical systems design experts James Hansen and Jeffrey Salay as they discuss the impact of the SARS-CoV-2 virus on future HVAC systems design.

During this webinar, they will present research conducted by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)’s epidemic task force relating to the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and provide risk mitigation strategies for building owners as employees return to work. Indoor air quality will be of critical importance to building occupants as we adjust to this new normal; the session will conclude with discussions on filtration, UV treatment, outdoor air ventilation and alternate technologies to be explored to combat virus transmission in commercial office buildings.

  • Learning Objective 1: Identify how the COVID-19 pandemic could impact future office workplace design.
  • Learning Objective 2: Understand preliminary research from ASHRAE’s epidemic task force on the SARS-CoV-2 virus and transmission concerns for commercial HVAC systems.
  • Learning Objective 3: Identify building operations strategies, including filtration, UV treatments, air cleaning technologies and outdoor air distribution systems, to mitigate risks associated with the SARS-CoV-2 virus transmission in commercial workplaces.
  • Learning Objective 4: Articulate and address common concerns from building occupants returning to the workplace following the COVID-19 pandemic.

GHT provides MEP systems design and sustainable programs consulting services for commercial and multi-family building clients. For more information and to schedule a session in your office, please contact Susan Dawson at