The COVID-19 pandemic has an unprecedented impact on all of us, both personally and professionally. As researchers and practitioners we also have a role to play in developing solutions to provide healthy indoor spaces to reduce disease transmission, and in informing the public. Based on developing scientific knowledge it has become clear that, although close contact transmission is the dominant transmission route, long-range airborne transmission through small size infected aerosols plays an important role in spreading COVID-19 in indoor spaces. As a consequence, increasing outdoor air change rates, or applying other technical measures to remove infected aerosols are necessary to avoid infection indoors.

The general objective of the project is to collect, discuss and disseminate information about COVID-19 in relation to ventilation and airtightness.

A Working Group (WG) was created to define the activities and outputs of the project in more detail. AIVC’s COVID‐19 WG members are listed here:

  • Alireza Afshari, Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Andrew K. Persily, NIST, USA
  • Arnold Janssens, Chair of AIVC Working Group on COVID‐19, Ghent University, Belgium
  • Benjamin Jones, University of Nottingham, UK
  • Gaëlle Guyot, CEREMA, France
  • Jaap Hogeling, REHVA
  • James Mc Grath, National University of Ireland Galway
  • Jelle Laverge, Ghent University, Belgium
  • Max H. Sherman, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
  • Pawel Wargocki, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
  • Peter Wouters, Operating Agent AIVC
  • Sonia Garcia Ortega, Eduardo Torroja Institute for Construction Science, Spain
  • Valérie Leprince, PLEIAQ, France
  • Willem de Gids, VentGuide, Netherlands
  • Wouter A. Borsboom, TNO, Netherlands