In this article, Rene Basulto, P.E. provides an engineer’s introduction to Legionnaires Disease. He discusses the way that Legionella bacteria propagates in water systems and how developing industry standards intend to control the spread of the bacteria.
The transmission of infectious airborne diseases such as influenza, the common cold, and COVID-19 can be accelerated or mitigated by a building’s HVAC equipment and systems. In this webinar video, Mechanical Engineer and Building Systems Expert, Rene Basulto discusses HVAC system performance, specifically as it relates to air quality and efforts to control the transmission of infectious diseases.
The topic will be framed within the context of forensic investigations, focusing on maintenance, calibration, and air balance; all issues that are commonly addressed in our casework.
In this article, mechanical engineer Rene Basulto discusses the recent outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease in New York City, the suspected role that mechanical building systems play in the outbreak of the disease, and the changing standards that are designed to control the growth of the Legionella bacteria.
What is the standard of care for minimizing the risk of disease transmission through building HVAC systems? Prior to 2020 this was an esoteric question largely reserved for academics, but it has since been sprung upon the masses with increasing relevancy for business owners, facility operators, and workers alike.
In this article, mechanical engineer Rene Basulto will address this question from the perspective of a forensic investigator. He will discuss some of the aspects of building HVAC systems that can help to minimize the spread of airborne pathogens. He will also address broader building systems factors that may be relevant to investigating pathogen exposures.