Brief summaries of presentations at IAQ & Energy 2020
Keynote: Power of Place: Prevention and Preparedness, Resilience and Recovery
Now, more than ever, we are aware of the leading role buildings, communities and organizations play in public health. Through understanding disease and mobilizing experts across public health, medicine, design, real estate, government and academia, we can help ensure that the places where we spend most of our lives improve, not compromise, our health. Learn how the International Well Building Institute is advancing health and well-being in buildings globally and responding to the health challenges like the one we’re now experiencing.
International WELL Building Institute; Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council
Building with Remodeling in Mind
This session discusses disentangling building layers and other smart approaches that help prepare for future renovations, and the potential benefits for energy efficiency, indoor air quality and the building process.
Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) in the COVID-19 Age
The presentation will discuss (3) areas of expertise (indoor air quality (IAQ); industrial hygiene (IH); and indoor environmental quality (IEQ) and their relationship to ventilation in buildings. Case studies will illustrate what an investigator looks for while conducting a building inspection and testing, including the investigative methods and risk assessment tools for evaluating a building for the risk of COVID-19.
RK Occupational and Environmental Analysis - Phillipsburg, NJ
IAQ Practitioner's Role During a Pandemic
This presentation focuses on the role of the IAQ Practitioner to provide expert advice to building owners, staff, and occupants to define risk levels in a facility; determine the best approach for controls; determine the level of personal protective equipment (PPE), for the building staff and the occupants; and coordinate with public health officials if an outbreak takes place.
Donald Weekes, MPH, CIH
Thinking Through Water, Air, and Energy Issues in Historic Structures
This workshop is provides an overview of the concepts of moisture, air, and energy dynamics and how to effectively manage these in historic structures. It covers the cause of building deterioration how to mitigate issues that have arisen as a result of poor interventions, and evaluate treatment strategies, both historic and modern, through the lens of building and occupant health and Federal Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
IAQ mold assessments are unstandardized, which makes it difficult to determine what is “best practice” and what is a marketing strategy. This session reviews how to perform and evaluate IAQ mold assessments in a meaningful way for both your clients and for other professionals.
Energy & Healthy Home Assessments at the Same Time? It Is Possible!
Learn how to add the Healthy Home components with minimal effort and time to the standard energy audit. The session will step through the assessment starting on the exterior, then move through the interior and includes the attic and crawlspace. Discussion includes the health benefits to the energy upgrades.
Joe Medosch: Hayward Score, Loveland CO; Kevin Kennedy, Childrens Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO
Mold Clearance Testing: The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly
This presentation will discuss current post remediation verification requirements, then delve into the topic of clearance sampling. It will include a discussion on the pros and cons of various types of sampling and analytical methods, including spore trap samples and ERMI.
This session highlights a new guide to IAQ for HVAC Contractors, designed to demystify the process starting from need/complaint to diagnosis, design, solution implementation, and follow-up monitoring. Perfect for anyone interested in IAQ, especially HVAC Contractors. Attendees will walk away with a better understanding of IAQ and what they can do to help customers with IAQ problems.
Whether you're a seasoned or new business owner, everyone should make time to focus on their business. Gain new insights and tools to maintain growth in your business. You will find that you are not alone and that a new way of looking at things can change everything.
Indoor Air Quality: How Ventilation is Critical to Improving the Human Condition in the Indoor Environment
As we continue to build tighter, more heavily insulated homes, the need for effective ventilation systems with trusted, accurate product performance to exhaust pollutants is critical. This session will explain why you should be concerned and what you can do to ensure healthier homes, including selecting certified ventilation products.
During a pandemic is not the best time to talk about how to fund energy efficiency and renewable energy. Or is it? This session follows the money for cost effective energy savings, greenhouse gas reductions, and social justice of various proposals from the Green New Deal, the Green Bank, and Green Grants to established but underutilized mechanisms such as Federal tax credits, Efficiency Maine rebates, green mortgages and PACE loans.
Moderator: Julia Bassett Schwerin, Certified Green Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Cape Elizabether, ME
Keynote: Creating a Mass Market for Net Zero Homes
Energiesprong is a revolutionary, whole house refurbishment, new built standard, and funding approach. It has a proven track record to be able to create and scale a self-sustaining market for net zero retrofits. The presentation will give an overview of the results and the transformation needed to get to a market for net zero retrofits. It will look into the future and show a pathway why net zero energy retrofits will become the option of choice in the near future because scale changes everything!
Everything But the Kitchen Sink: The Chemical Complexity of Homes and Its Role in Indoor Air Quality
Indoor air is a complex soup of molecules that is constantly changing, not only because of new sources (cooking, cleaning, personal care products), but also because of chemical reactions taking place on material surfaces and in the air. This talk will outline the most recent results from the HOMEChem study and what those results tell us about indoor air quality.
Dr. Delphine Farmer, Associate Professor of Chemistry
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
Radon: A Major Public Health Risk: Fact or Fiction?
This session highlights what we know about radon and the risk to human health from radon exposure, including identification of radon sources, review of research data, and an overview of the factors that reduce radon’s risk perception. You'll learn to compare the scientific evidence (both pro and con) that radon is a major public health concern.
University of Iowa College of Public Health - Iowa City, IA
BAD ASS HVAC - One Simple System for Nearly Perfect Comfort and IAQ
Carefully designed and executived HVAC systems are wonderful, but they're the exception rather than the norm. Learn how all-in-one heating and HVAC systems can work to deliver both excellent comfort and air quality.
Four case studies will be presented to highlight humidity issues in different types of commercial buildings. It will cover both causes and potential solutions, humidity calculation procedures, and the consequences of high humidity in buildings.
Turner Building Science & Design, LLC - Harrison, ME
A Business Owner's Guide to Intellectual Property
Having your ideas stolen is a bad thing; being sued is even worse. You will learn: the 5 Pillars of IP Value.; How to protect your ideas, innovations, and brand from theft; How to avoid being sued, or worse yet, put out of business; How to create an inventory of your most valuable IP assets; A simple system to recognize, prioritize and maximize business value.
This session provides an overview of a new radon guide for health care providers. It covers the Guide's scope and content; common health care providers’ misperceptions about radon; educational resources on radon for health care providers; sample radon guidance for use in health care settings; and examples of interventions health care providers can facilitate to reduce the burden of radon-related lung cancer.
University of Iowa College of Public Health - Iowa City, IA
Debate: Should Anti-Microbial Chemicals Be Routinely Used in Mold Remediation Projects?
There is a wide range of opinion regarding the use of antimicrobial chemicals in mold remediation projects. In this panel, industry experts will defend each side of the debate. The session will be moderated and viewers will be encouraged to participate.
The Pretty Good House: The Non-Rating System You Never Knew You Needed
Learn how The Pretty Good House system answers basic questions in a non-prescriptive way: how do insure, in design and construction, that your homes are energy efficient, provide good IAQ, are environmentally responsible, and will last for decades, with as little maintenance as possible.
Healthy homes topics are at top of mind for the average American homeowner in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. During this presentation, learn more about what the post-COVID-19 era of home performance and healthy homes marketing will bring for contractors, and resulting strategies to acquire new customers, interact with them through the sales process, and do business overall.
Emerging Role of VRFs in Maine’s Commercial Properties
This panel discussion focuses on variable refrigerant flow (VRF) technology, a heating and cooling solution that is quickly being adopted in Maine schools and commercial buildings. It will cover the kinds of buildings and situations where VRF systems are appropriate, costs and benefits, and considerations when choosing between VRF and other systems
This session will share lessons learned from developing partnerships between health care providers, contractors, and social services organizations to design and deliver successful energy-plus-health programs that track outcomes and set the stage for sustainable program funding.
Residential Energy Efficiency: Putting Theory Into Practice
The presenter will share his personal journey of building, and now occupying, a new, high performance home. You will learn the paths they went down (and back!) before arriving at the design (and features) which are now enjoying as homeowners. A mix of technical and consumer experiences will be shared.
Keynote: Living in a Material World: How the Surfaces Around You Affect What You Breathe
The air that we breathe and surfaces that we touch inside buildings have a substantial impact on our lifetime exposure to air pollution, including pollution of outdoor origin. The importance of indoor materials and their impacts on indoor air quality will be explored using examples from past and ongoing research that reflect different interfacial phenomena and influencing factors. The potential for smart use of materials for improvement of indoor air quality will also be discussed as a rich topic for future research and applications.
Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science, Portland State University, Portland, OR
Should Exposed Fiberglass Insulation Be Used Below Grade or in HVAC Systems?
Exposed fiberglass insulation in basements and crawlspaces and exposed fibrous lining material in mechanical systesm can be riddled with mold growth. Learn how to identify and avoid these problems, and the importance of HVAC filtration.
Richard Shaughnessy, Program Director, Indoor Air Research
University of Tulsa, Tulsa OK
The State of the Occupant
This session will focus on the largest and most-often overlooked element of a building inspection: the occupant. Learn the role of the house and how it has adapted to the needs of the occupant and how the occupant has changed housing through behaviors and basic needs, and how this has been recently altered from the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic - home as health shelter. Includes what home performance / weatherization professionals are doing to change these poor housing conditions and improve the occupant’s health and lives.
It's not enough to discuss IAQ just among industry professionals: homeowners ultimately need to be empowered to protect their family's health. Learn about Efficiency Vermont's efforts have turned IAQ into a family project, one dinner table at a time.
ERVs and HRVs: Why Would You Ever Want Balanced Ventilation?
If you are a builder, renovator, HVAC contractor, designer or just want to learn more about healthy indoor air this session is for you. You will leave knowing why balanced ventilation is crucial in any new home, how to size a system, have a better understanding of installation options and whether you should have an ERV or an HRV in your new home.
Wayne Fischer, Technical Trainer and Business Development Manager
Airia Brands, Inc. London, ON
Air Exchange in Existing Homes: A How-To Guide
A presentation on how to install a balanced, recovery ventilation system into existing homes. Learn to overcome the challenges of running ductwork, and how to "hide" the duct so that it is not easily seen. There will be many photos and many different example houses that will show how to do it.
Fresh Air Ventilation Systems, Inc. - Lewiston, ME
IEQ & Thermal Comfort: The Next Energy Efficiency Frontier?
IAQ and thermal comfort are integral to the energy efficiency paradigm but get downplayed as soft topics. They aren’t! This session focuses on thermal comfort, specifically the ASHRAE 55 Thermal Comfort Standard. Learn how to evaluate and predict thermal comfort, and how to add value to your work by integrating thermal comfort into your interactions with customers.
Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, Winooski, VT
Contractors Making It Work
In this panel discussion, contractors who have successfully captured the healthy homes mega-trend will share what’s made their companies stand out as pioneers of this new and exciting business opportunity for the home performance sector.
The Basement or Crawl space can be an asset or a huge liability to a home. We’ll talk about all kinds of foundation problems, and review both the causes and solutions. You'll come away understanding and being able to identify potential foundation problems.
IAQ Tests for Buildings Insulated with SPF: What the Tests Don't Tell You
This program discusses the limitations of IAQ testing to determine potential health hazards from misapplied foam. Attendees will learn: what the new standard IAQ tests don’t tell us about the hazards misapplied SPF can pose; what to ask the IAQ professional to include in their tests; what to ask the IAQ professional when the test results come in; and how to determine causation using testing.
Indoor airPLUS v.2: Methods and Controls for Humidification and Dehumidification
This session will examine some common challenges in various parts of the country and best practices that address moisture vapor issues. Attendees will have a chance to preview various approaches to controlling RH and learn how requirements in EPA’s Indoor airPLUS Program are continuing to evolve in Version 2 of the Construction Specifications.
An Air Sample for Mold Is Just a Snapshot in Time...Or Is It? (Time for a Paradigm Shift!)
The value of air sampling for mold has been seriously questioned by several cognizant authorities. The main problem is the variability of results. Without reproducible results, no interpretation criteria can be developed and no correlation to health issues can be expected. There is a consensus (CDC, US-EPA, ACGIH) that, an air sample is only a snapshot for the moment in time in which the sampling occurred. This session presents results from a study demonstrating how activated sampling gives not only much more reproducible sampling, it also provides a much better representation of the level of mold in a room.