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10. Official Strategies / Guidelines // Rules / Regulations

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Note: The following paragraphs summarize the category of Official Strategies / Guidelines // Rules / Regulations observed in July. More information about the specific category from July (and previous months) can be found in the downloaded report(s).The number in square brackets (e.g., [150]) refers to a reference where the reader can find more infomation about a specific statement.  The references can be found in the References list below, Systematized References page or in the dowloaded report.


As expected, the discussion about Official Strategies / Guidelines // Rules / Regulations category (introduced in June) increased 10% in July (from 8.8% in June to 9.7%). The most important June milestone was the first-ever published WELL certification for buildings to address a post COVID-19 environment. [271] Other organizations are following the International WELL Building Institute, such as RESET® [272] (a hardware and building operation certification) that announced in July advances in sensor-driven index optimizing indoor environments against airborne viral infections [273]. The community suggests that standards for building operations are required going forward as current guidance from official institutions such as ASHRAE are not sustainable [270]. RESET® standard should be available to the public in the following months after peer review. 

The official guidelines in the US (from e.g., CDC, OSHA) have been backed up by temporary 6 monthlong standards enacted by specific states [255]. Based on the guidelines and temporary standards, OSHA is inspecting COVID-19 jobsite violations. [197]

Cybersecurity and privacy issues call for more regulations and consumer protections (such as California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA): on July 1 the Attorney General began enforcing CCPA meant to give consumers greater control over how businesses use their personal information [378]).

(More information is available in the Building operations section below.)

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[197] “Cities, OSHA crack down on COVID-19 jobsite violations,” Construction Dive. (accessed Aug. 26, 2020).

[255] “Virginia first state to enact COVID-19 emergency temporary standard,” Construction Dive. (accessed Aug. 27, 2020).

[270] Realcomm, “Webinar: AI-Enabled Buildings – Achieving OPTIMAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY,” Jul. 23, 2020. (accessed Jul. 02, 2020).

[271] REW, “IWBI launches COVID-ready certification,” Real Estate Weekly, Jun. 08, 2020. (accessed Jun. 28, 2020).

[272] “RESET® Standard.” (accessed Aug. 21, 2020).

[273] “RESET advances sensor-driven index optimizing indoor environments against airborne viral infections | RESET®.” (accessed Aug. 21, 2020).

[378] “CCPA Enforcement Begins as AG Proposes Rules,” JD Supra. (accessed Sep. 01, 2020).

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AEC and Pandemic: Response and Impact - July 2020 Update