Currently Reading

What Building Science Says About Reducing COVID-19 Transmission

Advertisement
Coronavirus Resources and Information

What Building Science Says About Reducing COVID-19 Transmission


By Peter Fabris April 6, 2020
Building plans
Photo: paulaphoto

In theory, adjusting indoor environments—particularly temperature and relative humidity—could help slow the spread of pathogens like COVID-19 because viruses thrive more in certain conditions. There have been few studies on this topic, and none specifically on the coronavirus wreaking havoc around the globe, though. Certain viruses prefer high relative humidity, while others including COVID-19, favor low humidity.

There is scant data to determine whether modifying indoor environments would do any good to slow the spread of viral pathogens. Indoor relative humidity may affect how long the virus remains suspended in the air or is viable, but probably not very significantly, according to a retired pulmonary physician.

Further research could find that temperature and relative humidity can have an impact so that the building code could recommend specific environmental conditions to reduce airborne infection risk.

Read More

Related Stories

Housing Giants

What Now for Residential Construction? The Housing Industry Post-Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is essentially over, but the disruption to the housing industry that lies in its wake will be felt for years to come

Opinion

Housing's New Now

There is no "new normal," only now. Use this time after the height of the pandemic and its upheaval to set the stage for sustainable success for your business

Business Management

Some COVID-Era Workplace Practices Are Easing, But Others Are Here to Stay

COVID-19 may be easing its grip on the U.S. after a disastrous two years, but lingering supply chain disruptions have builders holding onto their pandemic business tactics

Advertisement
Advertisement

More in Category




Advertisement
Advertisement

Create an account

By creating an account, you agree to Pro Builder's terms of service and privacy policy.


Daily Feed Newsletter

Get Pro Builder in your inbox

Each day, Pro Builder's editors assemble the latest breaking industry news, hottest trends, and most relevant research, delivered to your inbox.

Save the stories you care about

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet lorem ipsum dolor sit amet lorem ipsum dolor sit amet.

The bookmark icon allows you to save any story to your account to read it later
Tap it once to save, and tap it again to unsave

It looks like you’re using an ad-blocker!

Pro Builder is an advertisting supported site and we noticed you have ad-blocking enabled in your browser. There are two ways you can keep reading:

Disable your ad-blocker
Disable now
Subscribe to Pro Builder
Subscribe
Already a member? Sign in
Become a Member

Subscribe to Pro Builder for unlimited access

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.