The following is an Aug. 12 press release from The American Institute of Architects announcing new resources to guide multifamily building operators safely navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is releasing a new report today detailing strategies that can help mitigate risk of COVID-19 in multifamily housing.

The report is intended to help multifamily building owners and operators protect the health, safety, and welfare of residents as communities continue to grapple with COVID-19. It also offers guidance on how to combine new daily habits, the needs of workers, and stringent hygiene regimens with social, infrastructural, and spatial requirements that aim to keep everyone safe.

"Strategies for Safer Multifamily Housing" includes a seven-step Risk Management Plan for Buildings that multifamily housing owners and operators can utilize to assess hazards, apply architectural or engineering strategies, and reduce risk of virus transmission in buildings. Additionally, the report is meant to be utilized in conjunction with AIA’s Re-occupancy Assessment Tool and AIA’s Strategies for Safer Offices report, both of which expand on strategies for reducing risk that apply to multifamily living communities.

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