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LaBella Is Working With NYSERDA to Assess Indoor Air Quality & COVID-19 Safety

With the World Health Organization recently confirming that there is “emerging evidence” that the Coronavirus is airborne transmittable, buildings and facilities must now make sure their filtration and ventilation systems are up-to-date before reopening to the public.

LaBella Associates Energy and Mechanical teams have already begun working with clients through the NYSERDA Energy Efficiency Indoor Air Quality project. We are working with clients to complete energy analyses for COVID safe Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) improvements without sacrificing safety. NYSERDA would like to evaluate, document, and disseminate the energy impacts of introducing Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) with COVID safe operating procedures, while adhering with recently amended ASHRAE and IES guidelines. We will specifically evaluate safe and efficient filtration, ventilation, and HVAC controls improvements, as well as other building operation optimization measures that, in conjunction with UVGI, will reduce operational costs and provide safe IAQ.

LaBella has already obtained approval from the following New York State clients: Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, the City of Rochester, Monroe County, Webster Central School District, and Rosenblum Companies.  Our first study efforts include an analysis at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport and Blue Cross Arena; two high profile facilities with significant indoor air quality concerns.

We are committed to continuing to provide our clients with the information they need to be successful in reopening their buildings and facilities in every state we service. For more information, please click the button below.

ASHRAE Guidelines

If you have questions about how this could impact your facility, or need assistance upgrading your filtration and ventilation, please contact Michael Barbasch.

About the Author
Michael Barbasch, PE, CEM, CBCP, LEED AP
Energy & Commissioning Discipline Leader

Mike is a Senior Energy Engineer with over 16 years of experience in demand side energy efficiency strategies. His primary focus includes energy efficiency auditing and developing innovative solutions for various facility types. He has provided project preliminary assessments, utility bill analysis, detailed energy calculations, investment grade audits and cost estimates, engineering design support and project management services. Mike has helped clients realize significant savings through energy grants and incentives as well as energy cost reductions and operational improvements.