Clean Air in Buildings Challenge - Request for Information
Better Indoor Air Quality Management to Reduce COVID-19 and Other Disease Transmission in Buildings
The EPA published a Request for Information (RFI) titled, “Better Indoor Air Quality Management to Reduce COVID-19 and Other Disease Transmission in Buildings: Technical Assistance Needs and Priorities to Improve Public Health.” This RFI is part of the strategy to promote the Clean Air in Buildings Challenge, a key component of President Biden’s National COVID-19 Preparedness Plan.
The EPA sought input from a wide variety of stakeholders about actions, strategies, tools and approaches that support ventilation, filtration and air cleaning improvements, and other actions that would promote sustained improvements in indoor air quality in the nation’s building stock to help mitigate disease transmission.
EPA sought input on issues that include:
- Strategies to encourage decision makers/owners/managers to improve IAQ.
- Near-term IAQ related actions to help schools respond to a COVID-19 disease surge.
- Ways to prioritize long-term IAQ improvements.
- Approaches to support a building recognition program, and key characteristics of such a program including IAQ parameters that should be addressed, verification, and participant recognition.
- Quantifiable metrics or targets that help evaluate or assess ventilation, filtration, and air cleaning parameters in a building.
- Potential revisions to the Clean Air in Buildings Challenge best practices document (PDF).
- Lessons from the COVID pandemic that may be useful for long-term efforts to improve IAQ in the nation’s building stock.
The comment period closed on December 5, 2022. Review the comments.
Read the details of the Clean Air in Buildings Challenge Request for Information .
Learn more about the Clean Air in Buildings Challenge.