Building ventilation

Note: information on this page is subject to change and is current only as of this date: August 31, 2021

Building Ventilation Update - August 31, 2021

Building Ventilation Update - July 28, 2021

As the university plans for the full resumption of activities on campus for the fall semester, Facilities Management in consultation with Occupational Health, Safety and Environment has identified measures to ensure building heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are meeting WorkSafeBC requirements, and will also be taking steps to further improve indoor air quality as part of our COVID-19 prevention plans.

The following measures will be applied to HVAC systems for classrooms, meeting spaces and open plan offices where air is recirculated. This will be balanced with our capacity to meet building heating requirements over the colder months.

These measures are in accordance with COVID-19 best practices recommended by WorkSafe BC and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) for indoor air quality and post-secondary institutions.

FMGT Action Plan

Facilities Management will:

  • Inspect building HVAC systems and monitor performance to ensure they are working optimally.
  • Replace air filters over the summer months.
  • Increase frequency of air filter replacement throughout the fall and winter semesters.
  • Increase the supply of fresh air into occupied spaces.
  • Introduce a daily pre-occupancy air change (flush) for building HVAC systems.

In addition to the above measures, where possible Facilities Management will also:

  • Install filters with higher efficiency ratings (e.g. MERV 13).
  • Increase the rate of air exchange (i.e. total airflow in occupied spaces).

For more information, please contact:

Director, Maintenance & Operations
UVic Facilities Management