Indoor Air Standard needs to be updated for India

America today via ASHRAE has committed To Developing an IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) Pathogen Mitigation Standard so buildings minimise spread of respiratory diseases. This means ventilation of buildings in America will have to be redone.

India should do the same thing for commercial and residential buildings.

That way tomorrow when the next wave of covid or any respiratory disease comes, you wont have 1000 cases in a building.

LocalCircles please escalate this to Indian Standards Bureau and Health ministry. 🙏

ASHRAE’s board of directors today announced its commitment to support the expedited development of a national indoor air quality (IAQ) pathogen mitigation standard. The goal is to finalize the consensus-based, code enforceable standard within six months.

“The health and well-being of building occupants are crucial factors that must be considered during the design, construction and operation phases of the building process,” said 2022-23 ASHRAE President Farooq Mehboob, Fellow Life Member ASHRAE. “ASHRAE’s long history of leadership in IAQ science and technology, will provide broad-reaching guidance through this standard to help ensure the use of best practices for pathogen mitigation, which will assist in creating safer indoor spaces for us all.”

ASHRAE will set up a balanced team of internationally recognized experts to work on an accelerated timeline to develop the standard. Delivery of the standard will include:

Both design and operation
Alternative paths (prescriptive or performance), in which equivalent clean air would be the goal
Testing, verification, documentation (commissioning) and periodic re-commissioning
The increased focus on IAQ by governments and the public, along with the convergence of the flu, respiratory syncytial (RSV) and SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) threatening public health, makes ASHRAE’s development of the pathogen mitigation standard of even greater importance, as jurisdictions and building owners look to a reputable and non-biased source for guidance and science-based building standards.

Airborne transmission of pathogens is of concern to the public writ-large and governments are responding. In March, the U.S. government launched the National COVID-19 Preparedness Plan, which included recommendations to improve ventilation and filtration in buildings. The Clean Air in Buildings Challenge was also launched this spring, along with a Summit on Improving Indoor Air Quality in October.

The ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with the release of extensive guidance, including IAQ resources, referenced by governments, building owners, and facility managers in the U.S. and internationally. more  

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Standards allow dovetailing superstructure into the infrastructure. Otherwise what one gets is massive structures built as wealthy people indulging themselves, while the environmental resources get drained. For example, in the case of buildings, airconditioning outletting heat, when the climate control could have indoor humidity directed into outdoor or terrace gardens. more  
Very good suggestion. ASHRAE's are framework level, scientifically planning standards used as guidelines in buildings that has evolved for guiding Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. This happens in countries where technology developed, where they have become integral to building codes. India could do the same, following these guidelines, that would however, require observing the discipline, rather than an individuals exercising their free whim, pulling hither thither as money spending power, showcasing ones wealth, allows. more  
This is an interesting issue. However, it's implication under Indian conditions need to be assessed and if feasible may be implemented. more  
Asking for more regulations? Not a smart idea. more  
A very good idea. Always, a consideration to build any infrastructure must be how such projects can be funded. Surely, LC can take up this matter, facilitate obtaining the estimates, and offer that information to the appropriate wing of the Central Government to include in the budget with suggested timeline. more  
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