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Health in the Built Environment: Implications of COVID-19 on HVAC, Indoor Air Quality, and Water Quality

October 15, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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About this Event

Now more than ever, we need to pay close attention to the quality of air and water in our buildings. As we work to fight the spread of COVID-19 and put our buildings through unusual cycles of non-use or lowered use, we must consider new implications on our indoor air quality, water quality, and how this applies to managing existing systems and designing future ones. Janet Stout and Pete Jefferson will share details on what is most important to consider in terms of air and water quality in buildings right now, and what long-term implications could be. They will dispel common myths, share research and tools, and provide context around these complex topics.  


About our Speakers

Dr. Janet Stout, Special Pathogens Laboratory: Dr. Janet E. Stout is president and director of Special Pathogens Laboratory, and research associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. An infectious disease microbiologist, Dr. Stout is recognized worldwide for seminal discoveries and pioneering research in Legionella. Her expertise includes prevention and control strategies for Legionnaires’ disease in building water systems. Dr. Stout’s more than 30 years of research is published in peer-reviewed medical and scientific journals. She has also authored textbook chapters on Legionella and Legionnaires’ disease, including the Legionella chapter in the APIC Text. An advocate for prevention, Dr. Stout assisted in developing the first Legionella prevention guideline (1993) in the United States, which continues to serve as a model for national and global health agencies and organizations. Additionally, she serves on the ASHRAE Legionella standard committee for Legionella Guideline 12 and the SPC 188 committee for ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188-2015 Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems, the first U. S. standard passed in June 2015.  


Pete Jefferson, BranchPattern: Pete brings a whole-systems perspective and a deep knowledge of ecological design to his project teams to achieve high-performance buildings. He uses his background in mechanical engineering to look at the building as an integrated system, where climate, architecture and systems must work harmoniously to yield the best outcomes for his clients and for the people who occupy his buildings. As a Principal at BranchPattern, he has been actively involved in helping organizations deliver healthy, high-performance buildings for over 20 years through design, commissioning, and monitoring of building performance. Most recently he has been busy working with organizations to address the COVID-19 pandemic through indoor environmental quality projects, as well as developing research-based tools to assist in these efforts.  


This Event is Part of GBA’s Health in the Built Environment Series

GBA’s Health in the Built Environment Series seeks to draw connections between human health, buildings, and community design. This topic is more important now than ever and our series will explore a variety of research, implications, trends and tools for stakeholders and practitioners in the built environment.  Learn more about the series here.  


Event Fee

This event is free and we are grateful to our sponsors for making it possible. You provide critical support for the continuation of GBA’s education programs and help us grow our ability to provide scholarships for events and in-depth trainings for those who need them. Additional donations are made possible during the registration process if you wish to contribute. There is an option to add a suggested contribution of $20 to your registration. If you wish to contribute any other amount, you are welcome to do so on our Donations page. Any contribution helps advance community’s work to create healthy and sustainable places where everyone can thrive. Thank you!  


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Thank you to UPMC for sponsoring the Health in the Built Environment series!  


October 15, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Leslie Montgomery