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Weekly COVID-19 Update: The Pandemic's Impact on Construction and Re-opening Universities


The ANSI Federation and standardization community are stepping up with guidance, resources, and initiatives to support public health, safety, and infrastructure during the COVID-19 outbreak. Suggestions for news items may be submitted to[email protected]. All submissions are published at ANSI's discretion.

ASCE Releases Book on Pandemic's Impact on Construction Projects

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has published the book, "COVID-19 Pandemic Impacts on Construction Projects," which provides a concise overview of the immediate response of the construction industry to the challenges created by the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak.

The book covers time and schedule impacts on projects, financial impacts on projects, and new and evolving regulations. The publication—sponsored by the Claims Avoidance and Resolution Committee of the Construction Institute of ASCE—will be of interest to field engineers, project managers, and all those involved with claims and construction management.

Find out more on ASCE's website.

ASHRAE Course Offered on Reopening Universities and Managing HVAC Systems

ASHRAE has launched an online instructor-led training course, Reopening Universities: Managing HVAC Systems to Mitigate the Spread of SARS-Cov-2, to address the vulnerabilities in the design, construction, installation, operation, and maintenance of HVAC systems in universities exposed by the pandemic. The course provides guidance on creating a Building Readiness Plan for HVAC systems for the two building types, and explains specific mitigation strategies.

“As the world considers when and how to reopen universities, confronting how to become conscious of the required transformations of buildings and their HVAC systems will become a greater priority,” said 2020-21 ASHRAE president Charles E. Gulledge III, P.E. “This course will offer actionable steps for developing specialized best practices based on guidance from ASHRAE’s Epidemic Task Force and the unique needs of individual universities.”

Registration for the course ($299, $249 ASHRAE members) is open now. Access more information on ASHRAE's news release.

See more ANSI member efforts in the ANSI COVID-19 Resource Webpage Highlighting Standardization Community Response


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