Updated: July 16, 2020 at 4:43PM
Ventilation & Air Conditioning Systems
Like most campuses, the University's buildings are equipped with a variety of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Most recirculating air systems are equipped with MERV 13 and MERV 14 filters that help mitigate the transmission of infectious aerosols. Building air systems also distribute fresh air throughout the building that meets or exceeds the ventilation requirements of the building functions.
In all buildings, even those with the most state-of-the-art HVAC systems, the wearing of masks and maintaining physical distance from others are the most effective ways to prevent transmission via droplets and aerosols.
During the third phase of the campus reopening plan, the HVAC in all research and regularly occupied buildings continue to operate on their normal schedules.
Other buildings with reduced or no occupancy have had their building HVAC systems operate at a minimum of one hour per day to ensure regular ventilation of the facilities.
Prior to occupancy, each facility that has been hibernated will have the air systems operate for at least 48 hours prior to occupancy. All recirculating air systems will be verified for proper filter fit and to the extent possible will be outfitted with MERV 13 final filters.