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2 Healthcare Facilities Win National 2021 Clean Air Awards

The National Air Filtration Association has announced its recipients of the Clean Air Awards for 2021. Each year, the award is presented to building owners and managers who take steps to significantly improve the quality of indoor air by increasing the level or efficiency of HVAC air filtration system in 10 specific categories.

This year’s winning healthcare facilities are Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen, Texas and Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center in Dallas, Texas. This is the second year in a row the cancer center has received this award.

Candidates are nominated for the award by NAFA members and must submit detailed and specific steps taken toward cleaning the indoor environment through “best air filtration practices” and system hygiene.

A NAFA-certified air filter specialist confirms these improvements. Nominees are judged by the NAFA Clean Air Award Committee, and each recipient receives a custom-designed award, building signage and recognition for their efforts. Learn more at

NIST Airflow Model Could Help Reduce Indoor Exposure to Aerosols Carrying Coronavirus

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have built an online tool that could help decrease the concentration of aerosols containing the novel coronavirus in the hospital rooms of COVID-19 patients and other spaces such as offices, retail stores and residences, potentially reducing the likelihood of building occupants becoming infected. Read More …

ASHRAE Resources Available to Address COVID-19 Concerns

ASHRAE has developed proactive guidance to help address coronavirus disease 2019 concerns with respect to the operation and maintenance of heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems. Read More …

ASHRAE Releases Updated Versions of Standard 62.1, 62.2

ASHRAE has released updated editions of its standards for ventilation system design and acceptable indoor air quality. Read More …

Updated Air Balance Standards Manual Includes New Chapter on Testing, Balancing Healthcare Facilities

The Associated Air Balance Council has released the AABC National Standards for Total System Balance, 7th Edition. The manual, last updated in 2002, details the minimum standards for total system balance, assists design professionals in achieving design intent Read More …

OSHA, NIOSH Release New Toolkit to Better Protect Hospital Workers from Transmissible Diseases

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recently released the Hospital Respiratory Protection Toolkit, a resource for healthcare employers to use to protect hospital staff from respiratory hazards. Read More …

Healthcare Leaders, Administration to Strengthen the Climate Resilience of Healthcare

As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services created the Sustainable and Climate Resilient Health Care Facilities Initiative to develop tools and information to help healthcare facilities prepare for the impacts of climate change and increase their resilience.
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ASHRAE, IAQA to Join Forces to Grow Resources for IAQ Professionals

ATLANTA, Ga. — ASHRAE and the Indoor Air Quality Association have agreed in principle to join forces, combining resources to improve indoor air quality in the built environment.
Pending a three- to six-month period of due diligence, IAQA will become a part of the ASHRAE organization while maintaining its own brand and Board of Directors. Read More …

MaineGeneral Hospital Receives USGBC Certification for First LEED HC Gold Hospital in Northeast

The Integrated Project Delivery Team, consisting of owner, MaineGeneral Medical Center, joint-venture architectural firms SMRT and TRO/Jung Brannen, Inc. and joint-venture construction team of HP Cummings Construction Company/Robins & Morton recently completed MaineGeneral Alfond Center for Health in Augusta, Maine—a project that blazed a trail for future environmentally friendly structures. Read More …

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