The University is making continuous efforts to reduce the airborne transmission of COVID-19. The design of a building, its occupancy load, and HVAC (heating, ventilating, air conditioning) system maintenance can all affect the potential spread of the virus.
To ensure our comfort, the air we breathe in the building must be “conditioned”, i.e., heated, cooled, humidified, or dehumidified, depending on the time of year. In addition, filters are used to trap and collect large and small particles such as dust, allergens, and microorganisms, providing healthier indoor air quality for everyone.The filters used in our buildings are rated for residential, commercial, and general hospital use .There are higher-performing filters, but they are typically used in surgical operating rooms, clean rooms and other industrial contexts that require absolute cleanliness.
Being such a large building, RGN is served by high standard air filters (called MERV-13) and, in the case of the research labs, a 100% fresh air supply. The Peter Morand buildings utilize even higher standard filters (MERV-14 & MERV-15).