NEMI, Actors’ Equity Collaborate on New Ventilation Protocol for Live Performance Spaces

The National Energy Management Institute, the ventilation, indoor air quality and air balancing arm of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation workers, and Actors’ Equity Association, the national union representing more than 51,000 professional actors and stage managers in live theater, have partnered to release a new model ventilation standard for live performance spaces.

The new specification, which is freely available to anyone who owns or manages a live performance venue, provides new real-world guidance for how venue operators can ensure a safe workplace and indoor air quality for both workers and audience members, alike.

Covering everything from operations to maintenance to system design, the protocol is drawn from organizations such as the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among others, and incorporates feedback from venue operators and professional HVAC technicians.

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