Reopening buildings in the age of COVID-19: Evaluating your HVAC systems

Tuesday March 30 - Thursday July 1

This ASHRAE course is meant to discuss the process of evaluating your HVAC systems in the age of COVID-19 and the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Similar to a retro-commissioning process, the systems analysis for virus mitigation is determining how the systems are operating today and what can be done to save energy while increasing the ability of the HVAC systems’ ability to mitigate virus transmission. This presentation builds on the re-opening and systems evaluation detailed in the Building Readiness Guide.

The course will focus on the different engineering controls that can be applied to systems typically found in buildings. Each building and system is unique and needs to be evaluated for how it can be improved. This course will focus on the steps to analyze the systems and the mitigation strategy options while using actual building evaluations and improvements. The expansion of details discussed will help reiterate the fact that mitigation strategies are available to help you understand what fits for your specific building, its systems specific arrangement and your needs.

The ASHRAE Learning Institute developed this course to discuss and apply practical guidance from the Building Readiness Guide and Commercial Guide. The intent is to evaluate your HVAC systems for its operation and what can be done to improve in the age of COVID-19.

Please note: This event has passed, but a recording is available to registered attendees for 90 days after the event. Register below to view the recorded webinar.

As a result of this webinar you will be able to:

  1. Assess a building's HVAC system(s) ability to respond to SARS-CoV -2
  2. Understand the available HVAC systems mitigation strategies
  3. Understand the flushing recommendations
  4. Understand the energy cost versus risk reduction of strategies
  5. Understand basic transmission routes for HVAC

Who should view this webinar?

Facility managers and engineers, HVAC technicians, mechanical engineers, operations and maintenance personnel, energy efficiency specialists, building engineering consultants, manufacturer representatives, utility program managers and account representatives, and anyone interested in learning more about assessing HVAC systems to manage COVID-19.


  • Introduction
  • Transmission
  • Building readiness intent
  • Analysis of existing systems (using real world examples)
  • Mitigation strategies
  • Questions

Continuing education credits

ASHRAE is an approved Continuing Education provider for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and a USGBC Education Partner. This live instructor-led course is approved by AIA and GBCI for 1.5 PDHs/LUs/HSW/CE Hours. Continuing Education hours or professional development hours earned from ASHRAE courses may be applied toward renewal of state-licensed professionals. ASHRAE recommends participants check with their specific State Board for PDH and/or CEU requirements.

This is an introductory level course. Questions regarding continuing education credits should be directed to 

Course credit is administered by ASHRAE and is only available for those participating in the live course. An electronic copy of the Certificate of Attendance will made available for those who attend the live course. Please email with any questions.

About the Presenter

Wade Conlan
Wade Conlan

Wade has over 25 years of commissioning and design engineering experience and serves as Hanson's Commissioning and Energy Discipline Manager. He holds a bachelor's degree in architectural engineering from Penn State University and is a licensed Professional Engineer in several states. He is active in ASHRAE and has held various positions at Chapter, Region, and Society Level including 2019–20 Chair of Environmental Health Committee and voting member of ASHRAE’s Epidemic Task Force. Wade currently leads the Building Readiness Team. He is currently the Chair of ASHRAE GPC 1.6P, Commissioning Data Centers, voting member of TC9-10 Laboratory Systems and TC7-9 Building Commissioning and a Director-at-Large Nominee for the ASHRAE Board. Mr. Conlan has also received many ASHRAE awards including the Distinguished Service Award and a 2015 Technology Award.





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