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The National Academies of Science Webinar


Last week, our Managing Principal & Life Sciences Practice Leader, Raymond Doyle, presented for the National Academies’ Federal Council in a live webinar entitled, ‘Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Strategies in Response to COVID-19.’

In addition to Raymond, the worldwide audience of over 1500 attendees listened to Dr. William Bahnfleth (ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force) and Skip Vaughn (National Institute of Standards and Technology). Attendees also participated in an active chat.

Dr. William Bahnfleth is a professor of Architectural Engineering at Penn State as well as the chair of the ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force. He has served as past-president for ASHRAE and is also a Fellow of ASHRAE, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and the International Society for Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ).

Skip Vaughn is the director of Facilities and Property Management at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He is a member of the Federal Facilities Council, the board of advisors for the Construction Industry Institute a fellow of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) and the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL).

During Raymond’s segment, he spoke about HVAC strategies to mitigate COVID-19 and promote health buildings. He discussed both short- and long-term solutions to improve indoor air quality. Short term included dilution ventilation, filtration and MERV filters while long term solutions touched on UVGI, PCO, ionization and humidification. Our team is testing out these solutions in a ‘living lab’ which Raymond reviewed with the audience. He discussed foundations of healthy buildings and gave a preview of a dashboard that we are utilizing to monitor indoor air quality.

The end of the webinar concluded, with the presenters answering questions that the audience had asked through the live chat.

If you’d like to watch the webinar recording or learn more information, please use the link here.

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