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Session 201

October 31, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Connecticut Room (Lobby Level)

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The Ghost of Ventilation Issues Past And Present

April Frakes

Manager, Commercial Building Solutions

Aeroseal, LLC - Dayton, OH

Session Description 

According to recent studies by the U.S. Department of Energy and others, the ventilation systems in most U.S. buildings today have structural issues that render them ineffective and inefficient. As a result, poor indoor air quality and excessive energy use are costing American businesses billions of dollars each year in lost productivity, added medical expenses and excessive energy consumption.

While the building industry has been aware of this issue for decades, the problem has been all but ignored for one primary reason – the absence of a viable solution. With ductwork and ventilation shafts hidden behind walls or otherwise obscured from access, repairing or replacing these systems has been both excessively disruptive and cost prohibitive.

In the past few years, however, new technologies have been developed to address these problems and make ventilation remediation both viable and cost-effective. From aerosol-based sealing technology to self regulating dampers, these innovations are changing the way contractors are solving issues related to indoor air quality and energy savings. This presentation will look at the latest innovations in commercial ventilation remediation, best practices in solving ventilation issues and several examples of high-rise buildings that benefitted from the implementation of these innovations.

Presentation Categories:  Building Design & Construction (including Green), Energy Efficiency, High Performance Buildings, Facility Operations & Management, Cleaning & Remediation

Presentation Level:  Intermediate

About April Frakes:

April Frakes has spent the past 10 years working with building industry professionals, providing insights and teaching skills used to expand their businesses and meet ever tightening building performance criteria. As manager for Aeroseal LLC’s commercial building solutions, she has worked closely with teams of engineers, commissioning agents and other building professionals, assisting them in developing a proven track record of success and effectively meeting their goals. Ms. Frakes is a respected speaker who has presented at numerous industry workshops and events throughout the United States.